AVID Mission: To close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. –AVID

Advancement Via Individual Determination is a college readiness system of support for students to increase awareness of, and access to, college and career success. AVID uses research based strategies and curriculum to develop students' critical thinking, literacy, and math skills. The goal is to develop effective strategy implementation among educators and students schoolwide through the use of WICOR activities- Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading.

Tacoma Public Schools Strategic Plan Rigor Benchmark Goal 1: All students will perform at or above grade level and we will eliminate disparities among all groups.

The AVID System of support for students aligns with our district mission and vision and consists of components to ensure the "rigorous, individualized" experience needed for our diverse TPS learners to become "critical thinking...socially responsible, contributing members of their community". While standards describe "what" students should know, AVID strategies or high yield strategies provide "how" students will learn and master the knowledge and skills needed to meet the standards.


All Tacoma Public Schools Pre K-12 core courses are aligned to the State Standard, internationally benchmarked and designed to ensure all students graduate from high school college-ready.

Beyond equal education access, educational equity is based on the principles of fairness and justice in allocating resources, opportunity, treatment and success for every student. Educational equity programs promote real possibility of equality of educational results for each student and between diverse groups of students. Equity strategies are planned, systemic and focused on the core of the teaching and learning process

AVID Overview for Families