Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
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 WICR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, 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.
Bloomington High School
Deborah Villegas, Assistant Principal
Colton High School
Jorge Alvarez, Assistant Principal
Grand Terrace High School
Erica MacDonald, Assistant Principal
Administrative Assistant I
Education Services (7-12)
What is AVID?
AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The AVID Program is a 4th-12th grade system to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap.
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. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track...acceleration instead of remediation.
The AVID Elective
Not only are students enrolled in their school's toughest classes, such as Honors and Advanced Placement, but they are also placed in the AVID elective. For one period a day, they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and ask probing questions, and get academic help from peers and college tutors. In addition, they participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. Their self-image improves, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.