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 Elementary Essentials and Quality Assurance



As a foundational component of the AVID College Readiness System, AVID Elementary focuses on specific AVID Essentials to ensure quality and consistency as a transformational system.


Essential One: Instruction
WICOR strategies set the framework for AVID Elementary instruction.

Essential Two: Culture
AVID Elementary sites incorporate a culture of rigorous, relevant, differentiated opportunities for all students in an environment that promotes college readiness.

Essential Three: Leadership
AVID Elementary leadership supports, guides, and facilitates AVID Elementary implementation.

Essential Four: Systems
AVID Elementary sites align their systems through the use of accountability, articulation, assessment, and calibration to ensure the fidelity of AVID Elementary implementation across grades.

AVID Elementary Certification Process – Quality Assurance


To maintain AVID Elementary’s quality and ensure that the Essentials are being implemented at the highest standards, AVID Elementary schools undergo annual Certification. The Certification process is intended to enhance the work of AVID Elementary educators, by aligning their work to the Essentials, as well as state standards and accountability measures, and by collecting data to inform their instruction. To become Certified, an AVID Elementary school must have adopted a philosophy aligned with AVID’s mission and incorporated AVID strategies into daily expectations.