Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a College Readiness System that transforms leadership, instruction, and culture to focus on the academic and social skills needed in higher education and beyond. Schools implementing AVID operate with a guiding principle: hold students to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge. The AVID system extends from elementary to post-secondary and is founded on research-based curriculum and strategies to develop critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas.
At the elementary level, AVID schools have a philosophy grounded in a growth mindset that AVID students succeed in following their dreams and fulfilling their aspirations. AVID elementary schools take a systemic approach of using writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading as well as an explicit focus on high expectations, rigor, and developing a college readiness culture. AVID elementary is designed to be embedded into daily instruction in all classrooms.
AVID describes the components of AVID elementary as the following:
- Student Success Skills – communication skills, self-advocacy skills, note-taking strategies, critical thinking, and study skills.
- Organizational Skills - a focus on both mental and physical; organizational tools, and time management practices.
- WICOR Lessons – emphasize the instruction on writing to learn, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading to learn in all content areas.
- Partnerships – among students, classrooms, grade levels, schools, feeder patterns, families, and communities.
At the middle and high school levels, AVID builds a college-going culture by bringing best practices and methodologies to middle and high school students. The goal is to close the achievement gap by preparing students for, and supporting them in, the toughest courses schools offers. That goal starts with the AVID elective class and grows school wide. The AVID elective class provides explicit instruction in writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading (WICOR) strategies so that students have the skills necessary to meet the expectations of rigorous academic courses. College and career exploration become a strong focus including organized college campus visits and completion of college applications. AVID supports students in rigorous courses by building a community of peer support, providing academic help from tutors, and participating in motivational activities to help students achieve their dreams. At the high school level, the AVID elective class continues to grow and support student success in rigorous courses extending to honors and Advanced Placement (AP). Middle and high school students not in the AVID elective class are supported by AVID educators who integrate strategies and best practices into content area classes.
Elementary Schools participating in the AVID program are Esther Jackson, Feldwood, Hillside, Liberty Point, Northwood, Renaissance, and River Eves.
Middle Schools offering the AVID program are Bear Creek, Camp Creek, Elkins Pointe, Haynes Bridge, Holcomb Bridge, McNair, Paul D. West, Renaissance, Ridgeview Charter, Sandy Springs Charter, and Woodland.
High Schools offering the AVID program are Banneker, Centennial, Creekside, Langston Hughes, North Springs, Riverwood, Roswell, and TriCities.