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aVid (adVanCemenT Via indiVidual deTerminaTion)

AVID is designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. The mission of AVID is to ensure that all students enrolled complete a college preparatory path. With AVID providing support, students are required to take rigorous courses, maintain an organized binder, and commit to making school a priority in their lives. Areas addressed are organization, time management, test taking, study skills, writing, inquiry, critical reading and collaboration. Students enrolled in AVID commit to the program for the duration of their high school career.

9th Grade

AVID paves the path to college and sets students up for successful college completion. Students, during their first year of the high school AVID program, will develop strategies to identify and fulfill personal and academic goals to ensure success in core studies required for entrance to four-year colleges and universities. Students are prepared to take the PSAT, start college exploration and focus on school involvement.

10th Grade

AVID is a regularly scheduled academic, elective class based on using writing and reading as tools for learning. Students become proficient in the skills and concepts that prepare them for the rigorous courses required for admission to four-year colleges and universities. Specific skills include Collaboration & Inquiry through Socratic Seminars and Tutorials, Organization through frequent binder checks, and Writing through essays and Cornell note taking. AVID challenges students to perform at high levels recognizing that college readiness depends on providing the extra time they need to succeed. Students participate in college field trips, tutorials, team building, guest speakers, and community service projects. Students are prepared for and take the PSAT early in the AVID program, continue college exploration, start scholarship exploration and planning, focus on community service such as AVID Outreach and give individualized college presentations.

11th and 12th Grade

During the last two years of the AVID program students focus on becoming college ready. Students are enrolled in one or more Advanced Placement (AP) courses and are set up for success by the support of
the AVID class, teacher and weekly college tutoring. Guest speakers include college admissions officials and counselors to guide students through the processes of college applications, scholarships and financial aid. Writing assignments focus on college application essays, resume writing, scholarship applications and letters of recommendation. Students are provided instruction in preparation for SAT/ACT, the scholarship application process including letters of recommendation, personal statements and admission essays while continuing to focus on school and community involvement. Students will visit 4 year colleges to gain a better perspective on the array of opportunities college has to offer.

Once selected for AVID, what are the student requirements?

AVID students must:

  • attend an AVID elective class during the regular school day.
  • enroll in one or more advanced academic class (Honors, Pre-AP or AP) each semester.
  • maintain satisfactory citizenship and attendance in all classes.
  • maintain the AVID binder with assignment/grade record sheets and daily notes in all classes.
  • complete all homework assignments and commit to studying every night. 
What does the AVID Elective Class look like?







AVID Curriculum

AVID Teacher


College Students supervised by AVID Teacher

AVID Curriculum

AVID Teacher


College Students supervised by AVID Teacher

Binder Evaluations Field Trips Socratic Seminars Media Center Speakers Motivational Activities

What AVID is:

  • an acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination
  • an in-school academic support program for grades 7-12 that prepares students for college eligibility 
and success
  • for all students, but it targets those in the academic middle
  • implemented school wide and district wide

Advancement Via Individual Determination

Visit Ms. Beeson's AVID school page to view more...