What does AVID look like?

Marcus Whitman AVID students

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and extends beyond just a program to the "hows" and "whys" to teaching, learning, and supporting students. AVID's mission as a national organization is to close the opportunity gap (the differences in opportunities presented to students - support, access to resources, highly-effective instruction, role models, culturally-relevant instruction, and high expectations) by preparing every student for college readiness and success in a global society.  Learn more about AVID.

The purpose of AVID in South Kitsap School District is to ensure that every student, especially students "in the middle" (low-A to high-C) will:

  • succeed in rigorous curriculum;
  • complete a rigorous college preparatory path;
  • enter mainstream activities of the school;
  • increase their enrollment in four-year colleges; and
  • become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.

AVID South Kitsap's systemic approach is designed to support students and educators as they increase learning and academic performance schoolwide/districtwide. 

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The AVID Elective is the core of AVID Secondary. The elective class targets students in the academic middle-low A to C students -with the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. Typically, these students will be the first in their families to attend college and come from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Beginning AVID students are capable of completing a rigorous curriculum but need support in reaching their potential.

Image result for AVID studentsAVID South Kitsap places students on the college track, requiring them to enroll in their school's toughest courses, such as Honors and Advanced Placement®. To support them in the rigorous coursework, AVID students learn organizational and study skills, develop critical thinking, learn to ask probing questions, receive academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities to make their college dreams a reality.

The AVID elective focuses on the following skills, which we call WICOR - Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading.

Success of AVID Elective Students:

  • AVID sends one-third more students to four-year colleges than the local and national average.
  • African American AVID students, whether they participate in AVID for one or three years, are enrolling in college at rates that are considerably higher than the local and national average.
  • Students who participate in AVID enroll in college more often than students who don't participate, and the longer students remain in AVID, the better their college enrollment record.
  • AVID students are staying in college once they enroll; 89% of those who start are in college two years later and on track to graduate.
  • Students accrue social capital (the skills, knowledge, and personal fulfillment necessary to be successful) while they are in the program.
  • More than twice the percentage of students with two years of middle school AVID took three or more AP classes compared to students with only one year or no AVID experience in middle school.

Learn more about AVID Secondary

AVID Center has identified 11 characteristics of AVID Secondary implementation essential for maximum impact on student success. 

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The Commitment of an AVID Student

The AVID elective class requires hard work and perseverance and is effective ONLY if participation is voluntary with a commitment to succeed.  Although a parent must also agree to support an AVID student, interest must be shown by the student, not just a parent.  Students must sign a contract agreeing to do the following:

  • Enroll in AVID as an elective class
  • Enroll in a rigorous course of study
  • Study at least two hours a day and complete all assignments
  • Maintain an organized AVID binder that includes class notes, studying material, assignments, and completed work
  • Participate in AVID tutorial groups
  • Assist teachers and students in maintaining a positive learning environment
  • Participate in AVID field trips and activities
  • Apply to several colleges and universities in their senior year

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