• What is AVID?
    • A program designed to prepare average students in the middle who have the potential to succeed! 
    • For students who have not previously considered four-year colleges and universities.
    • For students who have the desire and determination to do their best and become leaders!
    AVID Objectives 
    • To provide academic instructions and other support for middle school students and to prepare them for entrance into high school and college.
    • To give students college level entry skills.
    • To increase the "coping skills" of students.
    • To motivate students to seek a college education.
    • To increase students' awareness level of career choices. 
    AVID Activities
    • Learning with college tutors.
    • Writing for all classes.
    • Developing success strategies and study skills.
    • Applying for colleges.
    • Preparing for a professional career.
    • Visiting college campuses.
    • Interacting with guest speakers.
    • Participating in extracurricular and community activities.


    AVID Facts

    AVID was founded by Mary Catherine Swanson in 1980 at Clairemont High School in the San Diego Unified School District.

    AVID identifies underachieving students in grades 6-12 and prepares them for four-year college entry.
    AVID serves over 35,000 students throughout California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Asia, and Europe.
    Since 1990, over 10,000 students have graduated from AVID high school programs.
    Over 90% AVID graduates persist in college at an 89% rate of AVID's graduates enroll in college.
    Over 60% of the AVID graduates enroll in four-year colleges.
    The AVID network of schools includes over 700 sites.
    Some of AVID's awards include the Salute to Excellence Award for Staff Development and Leadership from the National Council of States on Inservice Education, the Dana Foundation Award for Pioneering Achevement in Education, and the A+ Award from the U.S. Department of Education for Efforts to Reach the National Education Goals.
    The AVID Student Profile

    Students have Academic Potential, but are underachieving and disadvantaged.
    Average to High Test Scores

    • 2.0 - 3.5 GPA
    • College Potential with Support
    • Desire and Determination
    • Enrolled in "Regular" classes

    Meets one or more of the following criteria

    • First to attend college
    • Historically underserved in 4-year colleges
    • Low Income
    • Special Circumstances