What Is AVID?

About AVID

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. It is an in-school academic program that prepares students in kindergarten through 12th grade for college eligibility and success. Some colleges and universities have implemented AVID to help their students. AVID has been adopted by approximately 4,800 schools in 48 states and 16 countries, reaching almost 450,000 students.

AVID is for all students but targets those in the academic middle and who are usually underserved. Its systematic approach is designed to support students and educators as they increase school-wide/district-wide learning and performance. AVID is not a remedial, niche or college outreach program. It is not a free ride nor is it a study hall. Students must learn and apply the skills they are taught in their AVID elective class as well as do the academically rigorous and challenging work required.
The Mission of AVID

AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. It is designed to ensure all students, especially the least served students who are in the academic middle to:

* Succeed in rigorous curriculum
* Complete a rigorous college preparatory path
* Enter mainstream activities of the school
* Increase their enrollment in four-year colleges
* Become educated and responsible participants and leaders in their communities and our society

AVID in Ottawa

We are starting our 4th year in the AVID program in Ottawa this year. It has been established in the 6th -12th grades. Ottawa Middle School has approximately 24-26 students participating in AVID in each grade level. Students are selected to participate in AVID based on a particular criteria and are given the choice whether or not they would like to be in the program.

AVID is a class held five days a week. AVID students learn valuable skills, such as writing, note taking, reading, inquiry, collaboration, organization, critical thinking and more, that will help them succeed in more rigorous courses. AVID-trained tutors facilitate small group student tutorial sessions twice a week, usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays. AVID students visit colleges and universities to learn about academic requirements, classes, programs, opportunities and collegiate life. Guest speakers, including professionals in various career fields, are invited to present to AVID classes. In addition, events, such as Family Night, are held for AVID students and their families.

The 11 AVID Essentials

These are the key elements to AVID's success.

1. AVID student selection

2. Voluntary participation

3. AVID elective class offered during the school day

4. Rigorous course of study

5. Strong, relevant writing and reading curriculum

6. Inquiry to promote critical thinking

7. Collaboration as a basis of instruction

8. Trained tutors

9. Data collection and analysis

10. District and school commitment

11. Active, interdisciplinary site teams

Why AVID Works

* Places AVID students in rigorous curriculum and gives them the support to achieve
* Provides a team of students for positive peer identification
* Redefines the teacher’s role as that of student advocate
* Transforms schools by creating a college-going culture throughout an entire school, impacting all students

AVID's Success Rate

Since it was established in California more than 30 years ago, AVID has become the most successful college preparatory program for underserved students.

* 92% plan to enroll in a college or university
* 60% plan to enroll in a four-year university
* 32% plan to enroll in a two-year college
* 83% of parents have less than a four-year college degree

For more information, call Ottawa Middle School and ask to speak to an AVID SITE member.

Family Night

AVID Family Night

October 21 and 23

Ottawa Middle School

6pm in AVID Classroom