What is AVID?
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a four-year academic elective designed specifically for students in the academic middle (not high performing and not low performing). AVID operates with one guiding principle: Hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge. AVID’s system brings research-based curriculum and strategies to students each day that develop critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas.
At PVPHS, the goal of AVID is to provide structure and support to kids in the academic middle to help them become higher achieving students and stronger applicants to four-year colleges during their senior year. AVID strives to prepare students for the rigors of a four-year college education.
Once accepted into AVID, students remain with the same AVID teacher for all four years and receive instruction focused on organization, study skills, test taking strategies, leadership opportunities, team-building, public speaking and writing. AVID students also participate in tutorials twice weekly in core academic subjects.
In non-pandemic years, over 90% of all AVID students have gone directly to 4-year colleges after graduation and are better prepared for life after high school.
Students are selected for the AVID program during 8th grade based on test scores and GPA. The ideal AVID applicants are students in the academic middle (not high performing and not low performing).
Twice each week, AVID students attend tutorial sessions where adult AVID tutors moderate and guide small groups of students as they work through challenging questions from their content courses. Tutorials are a central component of the AVID curriculum where students learn to become stronger students through problem-solving, critical thinking and collaboration with others. Tutorials also provide direct support to students as they work to be successful in their content classes.
As a key component to the collaborative nature of AVID, students come to tutorials with questions from other content classes and receive support while they work through these challenging problems in small groups that are led by the AVID tutor. The goal of tutorial is to create an environment where students feel comfortable asking the tough questions that they may be too embarrassed to ask in their content classes. AVID tutors are essential to the success of AVID, acting as a resource and role models for AVID students both academically and socially.
For more than 30 years, AVID has prepared students for college readiness and success. From its beginnings in one classroom with 32 students in San Diego, it now impacts the lives of hundreds of thousands of students throughout the United States and the world. At PVPHS, AVID proudly and directly affects leadership opportunities, school systems, instruction and culture.
For more information, please visit AVID.org
or contact Peninsula's AVID Coordinator Mike Spalding at firstname.lastname@example.org