Academics » AVID



  • AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. If you’re determined, we will support you to make your college dreams come true!
  • AVID is offered as an elective course that, like any other elective, takes up a class in a student's academic schedule. 
  • AVID is a K-12 program that prepares students for college.  
  • AVID students learn skills to help them become better at critical thinking, reading, writing and organization.
  • AVID students learn to take Cornell-style notes, which are an excellent study tool to help you retain information longer and understand with more depth.
  • AVID students work hard to earn a place in Honors-level classes, and the AVID elective class supports their success in those classes.
  • AVID teaches students the skills necessary to succeed in college prep and advanced classes so they will be ready for success in a university upon graduation from high school.
  • AVID students learn what college is and how to get there -- and we take field trips to local universities to see what college life is like in person!
  • In AVID, you will get academic help from your AVID family: your AVID teachers, college tutors, administrators, counselors and your peers. 
  • AVID students work collaboratively in groups to solve problems and support each other.
  • AVID vs. AVID Excel? AVID focuses on math readiness for high school and AVID Excel focuses on language acquisition in preparation for high school. Both AVID and AVID Excel feed into the same AVID classes in high school.


AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.


The AVID student is a student with academic potential and individual determination to succeed in school.

  • Average-to-High Test Scores
  • 2.5-3.5 GPA
  • College Potential with Support
  • Desire and Determination to Work Hard in School
  • Meets One or More of the Following Criteria:
    • First in Family to Attend College (in United States)
    • Historically Least Served in Four-Year Colleges (e.g. Underrepresented as a Racial or Ethnic Group or Socioeconomic Group)
    • Low Income
    • Special Circumstances (Needs Extra Academic Support to Access the "Hidden Curriculum" of College Readiness)