AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system for elementary through postsecondary that is designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance. The AVID College Readiness System (ACRS) accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional learning, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.
AVID Essential No. 1
AVID student selection must focus on students in the middle, with academic potential, who would benefit from AVID support to improve their academic record and begin college preparation.
AVID Essential No. 2
AVID program participants, both students and staff, must choose to participate in the AVID program.
AVID Essential No. 3
The school must be committed to full implementation of the AVID Program, with students enrolled in the AVID year-long elective class(es) available within the regular academic school day.
AVID Essential No. 4
AVID students must be enrolled in a rigorous course of study that will enable them to meet requirements for university enrollment. (Please note the criteria that are specific to high school and the criteria that are specific to junior high/middle school.)
AVID Essential No. 5
A strong, relevant writing and reading curriculum provide a basis for instruction in the AVID classroom.
AVID Essential No. 6
Inquiry is used as a basis for instruction in the AVID classroom to promote critical thinking.
AVID Essential No. 7
Collaboration is used as a basis for instruction in the AVID classroom.
AVID Essential No. 8
A sufficient number of tutors must be available in AVID elective class(es) to facilitate student access to rigorous to rigorous curriculum. Tutors should be students from colleges and universities and they must be trained to implement the methodologies used in AVID.
AVID Essential No. 9
AVID program implementation and student progress must be monitored through AVID Center Data System, and results must be analyzed to ensure success.
AVID Essential No. 10
The school or district has identified resources for program costs, has agreed to implement all AVID Implementation Essentials and to participate in AVID Certification. It has committed to ongoing participation in AVID staff development.
AVID Essential No. 11
An active interdisciplinary AVID site team collaborates on issues of student access to and success in rigorous college preparatory courses.