AVID

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)


AVID was founded in 1980 by Clairemont High School English teacher Mary Catherine Swanson. AVID is a fourth through twelfth grade system to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap. 

AVID is designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance. The mission of AVID is to ensure that all students, and most especially the least served students who are in the middle:

  • will succeed in rigorous curriculum,
  • will complete a rigorous college preparatory path,
  • will enter mainstream activities of the school,
  • will increase their enrollment in four-year colleges,

and

  • will become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.

AVID's systemic approach is designed to support students and educators as they increase schoolwide/districtwide learning and performance.

Many AVID strategies, such as Cornell Note Taking, Socratic Seminar and Costa's Levels of Inquiry are used districtwide in many of the classrooms.

For additional information, you can visit the AVID website at www.avidonline.org.

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