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What is AVID?

AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system that is designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance. Developed in 1980, AVID has a proven track record for challenging students in the “academic middle” and providing them with support to reach their college goals. AVID strategies are implemented schoolwide at elementary and secondary campuses. At the middle school and high school level, students can apply to enroll in the AVID Elective. Each AVID secondary campus has an application and interview process.

The AVID Elective

The AVID elective class is an important element of the AVID system. Students in the elective enroll in some of the school’s most challenging classes, including Pre-Advanced Placement, dual credit, and Advanced Placement. During the AVID elective, students learn study skills, organization, note-taking and critical thinking skills, such as how to develop and ask probing questions. Students collaborate to help each other understand difficult school work. College students, who are role models, facilitate tutoring sessions at least twice weekly during the AVID elective. Tutors receive formal training in the AVID system.
Where is AVID?

The AVID system is implemented at the following campuses:

  • Royalwood Elementary
  • Garrett Elementary
  • Carroll Elementary
  • Sheldon Elementary
  • Monahan Elementary
  • Sheldon Lake Elementary
  • C.E. King High School
  • Sheldon Early College High School
  • Null Middle School
  • C.E. King Middle School.
Teachers and administrators on AVID campuses attend professional development, where they learn strategies for supporting students. This permits all students to benefit in each of their classes.
AVID Tutors
AVID tutors facilitate student success in academics and college readiness. If you are interested in becoming an AVID tutor, please complete the online employment application. Preferred applicants will demonstrate strength in the areas of math, science, and/or English; Pre-AP or AP course experience is recommended.

For more information about AVID, contact the AVID District Directors, the campus AVID site coordinator, or principal.

Heath Dear and Randy Cotton, District AVID Co-Directors
Randy Cotton, KHS Site Coordinator
Altera Blackshear, KMS Site Coordinator
Natasha Greene, NMS Site Coordinator

AVID® / Closing the Opportunity Gap in Education