AVID targets students in the academic middle, who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation. The eligibility become an AVID student is a 2.0-3.5 GPA, scores between the 50th and 80th percentiles on CTB TerraNova, Teacher and administrator recommendation, and Expressed commitment to achievement.
Tutors are essential to the success of the AVID elective class, where they facilitate student access to rigorous curriculum. AVID tutors are college students and/or volunteer community members and parents who are trained in leading AVID tutorials.
At the secondary grade levels (6th – 12th grades), AVID is an approved elective course taken during the school day. In the AVID elective class, 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. Students in AVID are expected to enroll in rigorous classes, such as honors and Advanced Placement®. As students progress in AVID, their self-images improve, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.
The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading. AVID curriculum is used in AVID elective classes and in content-area classes in AVID schools