Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an in-school academic support program for grades seven through twelve. The purpose of the program is to prepare students for college eligibility and success. AVID places academically average students in advanced classes; levels the playing field for minority, rural, low-income, and other students without a college-going tradition in their families; and targets students in the academic middle--B, C, and even D students--who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard.
AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. The AVID program serves students in the academic middle who are often the first in their family to attend college. At Marina High, AVID teaches students time management, note taking, organization and study skills. As AVID students progress through high school, they are supported in all aspects of the college application process.
AVID Strategies are research-based best practices in teaching methodology. The focus of these strategies is on promoting rigor through WICOR: Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading. These methods increase engagement through student ownership, accountability, and critical thinking.