What is AVID?
The AVID Program (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. The mission of AVID focuses on providing access to four-year colleges for students in the middle, capable of completing a college preparatory path, so that they achieve success in a rigorous curriculum.
With AVID as a tool and TISD parents and families as their partners, district educators move cohorts of middle and high school students successfully through the state’s most demanding courses and into college. AVIDschools reinforce student achievement through an academic elective class and support educators through professional development and team planning.
The AVID Student
AVID students are students in the middle, capable of completing a college preparatory path with support. These students often are not realizing their full potential academically. In the identification process a number of criteria are considered, including:
- STAAR Scores
- Desire and Determination
- First in Family to Attend College
- Historically Underrepresented in 4-year Colleges
- Economically Disadvantaged
- Other Special Circumstances
While all of the criteria are considered for acceptance into the program, no single criteria will necessarily eliminate a student from consideration. The AVID program should reflect the demographics of the school it is serving.
We welcome applications from any students who is interested in joining the John Tyler AVID Program, and each candidate will be evaluated based on the above criteria. If you are interested in joining, please see your counselor for more information.
The AVID Elective
Not only are students enrolled in their school's toughest classes, such as honors and Advanced Placement, but also in the AVID elective. For one period a day, they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, 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 academically successful leaders and role models for other students.
AVID is an academic, regularly scheduled elective class, during the school day, based on writing as a tool of learning, the inquiry method, and collaborative grouping. The three main components of the program are:
- academic instruction,
- tutorial support, and
- motivational activities
AVID is offered in grades six through twelve and also AVID Elementary at Jones, Ramey and Peete Elementary Schools. AVID is a state approved innovative course, and students in grades nine through twelve receive an elective credit for the course each year.