AVID trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.  AVID has a special emphasis on critical thinking, growing writing, teamwork, organization and reading skills.

  • Teaches skills and behaviors for academic success.
  • Provides intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships.
  • Creates a positive peer group for students.
  • Develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination.

1. Is AVID a good choice for my student?

The best students for the AVID elective class are usually the B or C students who have shown potential. A lot of the students are first generation college students. Students generally begin the AVID class during ninth or 10th grade because it takes a couple of years for the methods taught to be effective.

2. What will my child learn?

The curriculum focuses on building skills and developing behaviors that lead to success. The goal is they will develop a variety of interests and learn important study and time management skills. Students may learn how to approach a challenging problem through tutoring, practicing their research and writing skills while preparing for discussions about current events or be explicitly taught how to take notes, for example.

3. How do students do once they leave high school?

About 72% of AVID graduates were accepted to a four-year college or university. 85% of those graduates outpaced their peers by persisting in college throughout freshman and sophomore year.


Andrew Ensslin: AP Human Geography, Senior Seminar and AVID Coordinator for 9th and 10th


Eric Hamilton: Global Studies, English III and AVID Coordinator for 11th and 12th.


For more information please contact Michelle Cook, Student Services Coordinator and AVID Coordinator at michelle.cook@district6.org

To visit AVID website: http://www.avid.org/default.aspx


Here are just a few of our AVID students and what they have to say about the program!