AVID

AVID stands for: Advancement Via Individual Determination

AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a school-wide system to develop successful leaders in their communities and society.  AVID scholars focus on developing organizational, note-taking, and self-advocacy skills.  AVID is a college preparatory program that accelerates learning for AVID Elective students with rigorous, relevant instruction while building meaningful teacher-student relationships.  

South Washington County Schools implements AVID instruction at all schools. All students in 3rd-5th grades learn AVID strategies to develop the academic habits they will need to be successful in middle school, high school and college. Students in 7th - 12th grade can apply to be in the AVID Elective.

Three District 833 schools have been certified as AVID National Demonstration Schools that embrace AVID best practices in both instruction and culture. Park High School, as well as, Oltman and Woodbury middle schools have all been named National Demonstration Schools. In addition, Woodbury Middle School and Oltman Middle Schools have been named Schoolwide Sites of Distinction for their commitment to the program school-wide.

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Frequently Asked Questions 

What is AVID? 
AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. It is a global, non-profit organization dedicated to training successful teachers to help close the achievement gap.  South Washington County Schools implements AVID instruction at all elementary, middle, and high schools. All students in 3rd-5th grades learn AVID strategies to develop the academic habits they will need to be successful in middle school, high school and college. Students in 7th - 12th grade can apply to be in the AVID Elective.

What is the difference between AVID Elementary and AVID Secondary? 
In District 833, all elementary students in grades 3-5 learn AVID strategies in their classes. These strategies help them learn skills and behaviors for academic success later in life. Students in grades 7-12 have the option to take an AVID elective course that teaches more advanced strategies that vary by grade level. 

Is AVID a good fit for my middle or high school student? 
AVID Secondary targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and willingness to work hard. AVID students are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential.

The typical AVID student at the middle or high school level has a 2.0-3.5 GPA, a teacher recommendation and the potential and desire to participate in honors/AP/IB level classes.