What is AVID?
AVID is a program for middle- to upper middle- academic students. These students have the potential for honors level and high school advanced course work, but may need to develop the skills necessary to be successful in those rigorous courses.
AVID combines rigor with support that includes the student's individual determination and the support of teachers, administrators, other AVID students, their families, and AVID tutors.
Students must maintain 2.8 or higher grade-point average (GPA) throughout the school year. All class grades should be at an 80% or better.
Who is considered an AVID student?
AVID targets students in the academic middle, who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track.
What AVID is not...
AVID is not a program for students at risk of not be promoted to the next grade level.
AVID is not for students who don't do any of their homework.
AVID is not for the consistently D or F student.
AVID is not for unmotivated students who do not have the individual determination needed for success.
Why does AVID Work?
Between the remedial programs for students who lag far behind, and the gifted-and-talented programs for a school's brightest children, lies the silent majority: average students, who do "well" in ordinary classes but, because they don't attract attention to themselves, are left alone. Many of these students hunger for more challenging course- work but fear failure. Their potential lies dormant, waiting to be recognized, encouraged, and sup- ported. The AVID program is tailored to the needs of this diverse group of students, and it works for them because:
* AVID accelerates average- achieving students into more rigorous courses.
* AVID offers intensive support.
* All AVID strategies are based on research.
* AVID encourages communication and sharing among teachers, counselors, and principals.
* AVID is a school wide initiative.