AVID is a college readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in and persist in four-year colleges. Today, AVID has been adopted by approximately 4,800 schools in 48 states, the District of Columbia and 16 countries/territories, and serves more than 425,000 students, grades 4-12 and at the higher education level.
The AVID College Readiness System (ACRS) incorporates three distinct components - AVID Elementary, AVID Secondary (Elective) and AVID Higher Education. Each component addresses the needs of students to help bridge the path from elementary school through higher education completion.
For additional information, be sure to view the What is AVID? brochure.
State-funded, independent research, together with AVID's own data, validate that the AVID college-readiness system works. Consider: AVID students are more likely to take rigorous courses such as AP or IB, complete their college eligibility requirements, and get into four-year colleges than students who don't take AVID. Almost all AVID students who participate for at least three years are accepted to college, with roughly three quarters getting into four-year universities. AVID also helps ensure students, once accepted to college, possess the higher-level skills they need for college success. Visit the Data and Results page to learn more about AVID's data and research.
The AVID elective class is led by a teacher who's been trained in the program's methodologies. AVID's Professional Learning, however, goes further than that. Teachers and administrators from throughout the school and district attend AVID's Summer Institutes, where they all learn techniques for bringing out the best in average students. This way, AVID students are supported in content-area classrooms as well as in the AVID elective, and even more students can benefit from AVID.