AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. Its mission is to close the achievement/opportunity gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. Activities in this program include visiting college campuses, hearing from guest speakers about careers, participating in community service projects and team-building activities, strengthening student skills in the areas of reading, writing, organization, collaboration, inquiry, note-taking, studying, goalsetting, leadership, self-advocacy, and much more. The goal is for all AVID students to be supported in rigorous coursework so they may successfully graduate from a four-year college. Students who wish to be involved in the 7th or 8th grade AVID program (a full-year course) must have at least a 2.5 GPA, satisfactory attendance, behavior, and standardized test scores, and must complete an application and interview during the spring of the previous school year, demonstrating their individual determination.
AVID Access is a quarter-long introduction to the AVID program for 6th graders. The activities and big ideas are much like the AVID program for 7th grade and beyond. (See AVID description.) However, no application or interview is necessary and the class is open to all. This class is encouraged for any 6th grader who is interested in college or becoming a better student. However, it is not a requirement that this class be completed in order to apply for the AVID program in 7th Grade.