Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
AVID is currently offered in 44 sites in the School District of Palm Beach County. Each site has a coordinator who is responsible for recruitment and implementation of AVID. See the following list for participating schools and contacts. (AVID School Sites)
AVID takes students with the potential and determination to go to college and places them in the rigorous courses required to get into four year universities. In the AVID elective course, students are taught the skill sets (Solid note taking, organization, public speaking, responsibility) necessary to be successful in those rigorous courses. The students are supported throughout the day by core academic teachers who reinforce the AVID strategies learned in the AVID elective course. AVID creates an atmosphere of positive peer pressure for the students, so that they are pushing each other to strive for success rather than perpetuating failure.
AVID Elementary is a foundational component of the AVID College Readiness and is designed to be embedded into the daily instruction of all elementary classrooms across entire grade levels to maintain school wide structures.
English Learner College Readiness (ELCR) was developed to more fully address the needs of English language learners (ELLs) throughout the AVID System. This program is intended to accelerate academic language acquisition and increase students’ access to the 9th grade AVID Elective and college preparatory courses.
AVID’s Mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing students for college readiness in a global society.
The AVID Student
AVID targets students in the academic middle — B, C, and even D students — who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. Potential AVID students are capable of completing a 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: acceleration instead of remediation.
The AVID Curriculum
The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading. AVID curriculum is used in AVID elective classes, in content-area classes in AVID schools, and even in schools where the AVID elective is not offered.
The AVID Elective
Not only are students enrolled in their school's toughest classes, such as honors and Advanced Placement, but also in the AVID elective. For one period a day, they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and ask probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. Their self-images improve, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.
The AVID Parent
AVID parents encourage their students to achieve academically, participate on an advisory board and in AVID parent and site team meetings, and maintain regular contact with the AVID coordinator. Many parents and students participate in AVID Family Workshops.
Various state-funded, independent research together with AVID’s own data, validate that the AVID college-readiness system works. AVID students are more likely to take AP classes, complete their college eligibility requirements, and get into four-year colleges than students who don’t take AVID. Almost all AVID students who participate for at least three years are accepted to college, with roughly three quarters getting into four-year universities. AVID also helps ensure students, once accepted to college, possess the higher-level skills they need for college success.