In support of Palo Alto Unified School District's (PAUSD) vision to "support all students as they prepare themselves to thrive as global citizens in a rapidly changing world," PAUSD's secondary schools have partnered with AVID National Organization.

AVID's (Advancement Via Individual Determination) mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

AVID is about acceleration, not remediation.

AVID is offered at all PAUSD middle schools as well as at both high schools. If you are interested in the program, contact your student's guidance counselor.

If you have questions, contact:

AVID at a Glance
What is AVID Secondary?
  • AVID secondary is an approved elective course for grades 6-12 taken during the school day.
  • AVID is at all of the PAUSD middle and high schools.
  • Students are selected based on an application and interview process.
  • AVID elective 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 and careers attainable.
  • AVID students are typically required to enroll in at least one of their school's most rigorous academic classes, such as Honors or AP
  • AVID secondary improves students' self-image as well as helping them to become academically successful students and leaders and role models on their campus
The AVID Elective Student
  • AVID targets students in the academic middle
  • AVID students have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard.
  • AVID students are capable of completing rigorous curriculum, but are falling short of reaching their potential.
  • AVID students may be the first in their families to attend college, low- income, and/or HUR students
The AVID Curriculum
  • AVID's curriculum is based on rigorous standards developed by middle and high school teachers in collaboration with college professors.
  • WICOR methodology - Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading
  • AVID instructional strategies engage students and scaffold instruction to make challenging content accessible