AVID is an acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. In Palo Alto, AVID is an in-school academic support program for grades 7-12 that prepares students for college eligibility and success. The AVID elective 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 may be falling short of their potential. Students are selected through a recommendation and interview process. Academic performance, attitude, and other qualifying factors such as low income, historically underrepresented, foster youth, first generation to attend college, etc. make a student eligible for the AVID program.

AVID is a yearlong elective class in which students learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and questioning techniques, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. By participating in the AVID elective, students work on enhancing their study skills with the goal of successfully participating in college preparatory and advanced classes and eventually attending a four-year university. Students are empowered to advocate for themselves in academic and non-academic situations to help them gain access to the same educational opportunities that already successful students receive.

AVID at a Glance What AVID is...

  • AVID is an acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.
  • AVID is an in-school academic support program for grades 4-12 that prepares students for college eligibility and success.
  • AVID places academically average students in advanced classes.
  • AVID levels the playing field for minority, rural, low-income and other students without a college-going tradition in their families.
  • AVID is for all students, but it targets those in the academic middle.
  • AVID is implemented school-wide and district-wide.

What AVID isn't...

  • AVID isn't a remedial program.
  • AVID isn't a free ride.
  • AVID isn't a niche program.
  • AVID isn't a college outreach program.

AVID is offered at all PAUSD middle schools as well as at Palo Alto High School. If you are interested in the program, contact your student's guidance counselor. Also, if you are interested in being a guest speaker, offering an academic or cultural field trip/event, or tutoring in the program, please contact the school principal.

For more information, please use the following links:

NATIONAL: http://www.AVID.org