AVID: Advancement Via Individual Determination
ADVANCEMENT VIA INDIVIDUAL DETERMINATION (AVID)
AVID is a structure for 6th through 12th graders that helps kids who are average students who want to go to college and can use some help getting prepared. It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students and in closing the achievement gap.
AVID targets students who are B, C, and even D students that have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These students are capable of taking harder classes but are not doing so because they don’t have the life skills or self esteem to think that they can do well. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track while providing support and motivation to excel.
Not only are students enrolled in their school's honors and Advanced Placement classes, but they also take an AVID elective. For one period in their schedule they learn how to do well in school and prepare for college. They work on organizational and study skills, critical thinking and question skills, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. Their self-images improve, and they become successful leaders and role models for other students.
The AVID structure is offered in all BSD middle and high schools. The Brandywine School District invites interested students and parents to contact the school coordinators and attend an informational meeting to learn more. Click here to learn more about AVID nationally.