What is AVID?

  • AVID AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a nonprofit that changes lives by helping schools shift to a more equitable, student-centered approach. We train 80,000 educators annually to close the opportunity gap, so they can prepare all students for college, careers, and life.

    AVID provides scaffolded support that educators and students need to encourage college and career readiness and success. With AVID, school leaders have the flexibility to start small and can deepen AVID’s impact on their campus over time.

    What does AVID look like at the secondary level?

    Our nation’s schools are full of students who possess a desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard, but many of them do not truly have the opportunity to be college-ready. These are often the students who will be the first in their families to attend college and are from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. AVID Secondary equips teachers and schools with what they need to help these students succeed on a path to college and career success.

    To address this need, AVID has developed the AVID Elective course. Participating in the AVID Elective, students receive the additional academic, social, and emotional support that will help them succeed in their school’s most rigorous courses. Districts have the flexibility to decide how many AVID Elective classes to start and which grade levels will implement AVID first. 

    The power of AVID Secondary is the ability to impact students in the AVID Elective class and all students throughout the campus. AVID Secondary can have an effect on the entire school by providing classroom activities, teaching practices, and academic behaviors that can be incorporated into any classroom to improve engagement and success for all students. Teachers can take what they've learned at AVID training back to any classroom to help all students, not just those in AVID, to become more college- and career-ready.

    Who is the AVID Student?

    AVID targets students in the academic middle, 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 often 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. AVID student eligibility is a 2.0-3.5 GPA, with mid to high scores on standardized tests such as PSAT and ISAT. Application, interview, teacher and/or counselor/administrator recommendation, and an expressed commitment to achievement are required prior to enrollment. 

    What is required in the AVID elective class?

    While the course features many interactive and highly engaging activities, AVID students also are required to utilize the AVID binder, take Cornell Notes, and participate in Collaborative Learning Groups. The course also investigates post-secondary opportunities targeted towards the interests of the students.

    How can I learn more about AVID?

    Visit http://www.avid.org/ to learn about the AVID College Readiness System!

    Interested in the AVID program at Centennial High School?

    Contact Site Coordinator, Mr. Tom Haener, 9th Grade Assistant Principal at haener.tom@westada.org or AVID Counselor, Sarah Everett at everett.sarah@westada.org for more information.