AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a K-12 college readiness program, providing underachieving students with the strategies and support they need to be successful in college and career.
AVID was first implemented at Valley View Middle School with one elective class of eighth graders in 2012. The program has since grown to include Indian Mounds and Valley View elementary schools and Kennedy High School.
At the elementary level, all students use AVID's writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading (WICOR) strategies. Students engage in note-taking strategies, critical reading practices, rigorous questioning and inquiry-based activities, organizational practices such as utilizing a binder and agenda/planner regularly, and goal-setting exercises.
At the secondary level, WICOR is used in many content area classes to create a more rigorous academic experience for all students. In the AVID elective, students plan their educational path, including honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses, so that they are competitively eligible to attend the four-year college or university of their choice upon graduation. AVID students attend college and career-related field trips and engage with inspirational guest speakers on a regular basis.
More information about AVID, access to strategies, student success stories and archived newsletters can be accessed through the AVID website.