Lisa Smalls



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.

What is AVID?

A structured, college preparatory system working directly with schools and districts
A direct support structure for first-generation college goers, grades 4-12
A school wide approach to curriculum and rigor adopted by more than 3,500 schools in 45 states and 15 countries
A professional development program providing training throughout the U.S.

The AVID Student Profile

Students with academic potential

Average to high test scores
2.0-3.5 GPA
College potential with support
Desire and determination

Meets One or More of the Following Criteria:


  • First to attend college
  • Historically underserved in four-year colleges
  • Low income
  • Special circumstances

AVID Program Essentials

1.AVID student selection
2.Voluntary participation
3.AVID elective class offered during the school day
4.Rigorous course and study
5.Writing and reading curriculum
6.Inquiry to promote critical reading
8.Trained tutors
9.Data collection and analysis
10.District and school commitment
11.Active and interdisciplinary site team