• What is AVID?


    Advancement Via Individual Determination

    Beginning with one high school and 32 students, AVID now impacts more than 800,000 students in nearly 5,000 schools and 43 postsecondary institutions in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and across 16 other countries/territories. The AVID College Readiness System spans elementary through higher education.

    Although AVID serves all students, the AVID Elective focuses on the least served students in the academic middle. The formula is simple—raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge. What distinguishes AVID from other educational reform programs is its continuous success rate. Of the 34,229 AVID seniors reporting data in 2013, 91 percent reported plans to attend a postsecondary institution: 60 percent to a four-year college and 30 percent to a two-year institution.  Seventy-seven percent reported taking at least one rigorous course, such as AP®, IB®, or Cambridge®, with 66.7 percent taking the corresponding exam.

    AVID is an academic support system for students who have the ability and desire to attend and graduate from a four-year college or university. AVID is an internationally recognized program that is based on eleven essential elements.

    Click on the AVID logo to visit the web site for more information.