Advanced Via Individual Determination

Advanced via Individual Determination (AVID) is a K – 12 college readiness system that places students — particularly those from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education —  on the college track. As a key strategy in closing the opportunity gap, AVID students are held accountable to the highest standards with academic and social support to reach their full academic potential.

AVID prepares students for postsecondary success by equipping them with 21st Century skills, academic norms and college knowledge so they can gain confidence in their abilities and feel empowered to realize their dreams and take ownership of their education.

How AVID works

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 reality.

At the high school and middle school levels, AVID students are required to enroll in their high school’s most challenging courses — such as Advanced Placement (AP) and Concurrent Enrollment. In addition, students take the AVID Elective class, which provides them with structured tutorials around group collaboration. This immersive strategy leads to a positive, college-going culture in the classroom.

AVID strategies and elective classes are implemented at more than 25 DPS elementary, middle and high schools.

AVID students demonstrate a willingness to work hard and desire to succeed in college. AVID helps get them there.

A DPS graduate hugs a teacher on graduation day.