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Welcome to AVID 
Advancement Via Individual Determination

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."

What is AVID?

AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system for elementary through higher education that is designed to increase 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's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

At the secondary grade levels (7th-12th grades), AVID is an approved elective course taken during the school day. For one class period a day, students learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. Students enrolled in AVID are required to enroll in their school's toughest classes, such as Advanced Placement®, in addition to the AVID elective. As students progress in AVID, their self-images improve, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.

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 WICOR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading.

AVID Activities

Ø      Learning with college tutors

Ø      Reading critically

Ø      Note-taking across the curriculum

Ø      Writing for all classes

Ø      Developing interpersonal relationships and self-reliance

Ø      Visiting college campuses

Ø      Interacting with guest speakers

Ø      Participating in extracurricular and community activities

Ø      Developing success strategies

Ø      Applying for college

Ø      Preparing for a professional career

Helpful Information

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AVID Agreement.pdf 11/20/2010
AVID Sample 4 Year Plan.pdf 1/26/2013
avid application.pdf 11/18/2010
AVID Elective Class Focus.pdf 11/20/2010

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Download Zone

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avid application.pdf 10/20/2009
Community Service form.pdf 8/24/2013

 Advancement Via Individual Determination:  Decades of College Dreams

Jennifer Cantú
AVID Coordinator
AVID 2/Comm Apps and AVID 3 Teacher
210-397-2700 ext. 3271
Room B231

Michele Reynolds
AVID 1 Teacher
210-397-2700 ext. 3217
Room A217 

Jennifer Torres
AVID 4 and Senior Seminar Teacher
210-397-2700 ext. 2712
Room B218