What is AVID?
AVID is not just another program…at its heart, AVID is a philosophy. Hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support,
and they will rise to the challenge.
Is AVID a good choice for my child?
The best students for the AVID elective class are usually the B or C students who have shown potential, says Dennis Johnston, senior director and chief research officer at AVID.
"We have a wide range in our program," says McComb. "They’re are all focused on this idea of fulfilling college dreams. And almost every student is first generation," meaning the students are often the first in their family to go to college.
Other students who may benefit from AVID are minority, low-income or those whose parents went through a difficult divorce, says Johnston.
Students generally begin the AVID class during ninth or 10th grade, says Johnston, because it takes a couple of years for the methods taught in the class to be effective. All go through an extensive application process.
What will my child learn?
The curriculum focuses on building skills and developing behaviors that lead to success.
Since the class is an elective, they may miss out on taking a band or yearbook class, but the goal is they will develop a variety of interests and learn important study and time management skills. They can then practice those skills in the challenging courses, such as honors and Advanced Placement classes, that they are typically required to take.
"AVID is going to give those kids the skills and the relationships I think to make the most of all their other classes in their high school experience," says McComb.
Each teacher decides on the assignments and activities they use to teach the skills.
Students may learn how to approach a challenging problem through tutoring, practice their research and writing skills while preparing for discussions about current events or be explicitly taught how to take notes, for example.
They also can explore different careers and learn about the college application process – all of which helps get across the message that learning isn't limited to one subject or classroom.