AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

Advancement Via Individual Determination

AVID Secondary

AVID Secondary brings best practices and proven methodologies to students in middle, junior high, and high schools. AVID’s goal is to prepare all students in a school for college, starting with the core elective class and expanding schoolwide.

The AVID Elective class targets students in the academic middle, who have the desire to go to college and are capable of completing rigorous curriculum using the will to work hard. Typically, AVID Elective students will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. In the AVID Elective, students are routinely required to enroll in their school’s toughest courses, such as honors or Advanced Placement®.

Schoolwide, AVID transforms the leadership, systems, instruction, and culture of a school, ensuring college readiness for all students. AVID impacts students throughout the school when trained teachers use AVID strategies to influence the academic and behavioral skills of their students.

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AVID Elective

AVID Secondary starts with an elective class for one period a day, where 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.


The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is based on best teaching practices in writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading, and it is supported by state and national content standards. AVID curriculum is used in the AVID Elective and content-area classes in AVID schools to guide teachers and students, while planning strategies for success, by focusing on time management and study skills.

AVID Excel

AVID Excel is a 7th and 8th grade program that interrupts the cycle that leads to long-term ELL (L-TELL) status, accelerates students’ language acquisition, and puts them on the path to college-preparatory coursework. AVID Excel is designed to prepare ELL students to enter 9th grade with the language skills that will enable them to succeed in rigorous coursework.

AVID Summer Options for STEM – Math and Science

The AVID STEM Summer Bridge programs are designed to strengthen students’ math and science skills and increase the number of students who enroll and succeed in eighth-grade Algebra 1. They provide STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) opportunities for students to explore math and science in high-engagement environments that are rigorous, yet enjoyable, for students.