What is AVID?
AVID is not just another program…
at its heart,
AVID is a philosophy
Hold students accountable to the highest standards,
provide academic and social support,
and they will rise to the challenge.
Introduction to AVID
AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. Established more than 35 years ago with one teacher in one classroom, AVID today impacts nearly 1.5 million students in 46 states and 16 other countries/territories. View our AVID Snapshot.
What AVID Does
Simply, 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
How AVID Works
AVID brings research‐based strategies and curriculum to educational institutions in elementary,
secondary, and higher education. The AVID System annually provides 60,000+ educators
with training and methodologies that develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math
skills across all content areas throughout the entire campus, in what we call Schoolwide AVID.
- 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
As a result, policymakers and educators now consider AVID's mission to be an essential strategy for closing the
achievement gap, making college access and success available to all students.
Learn more about AVID’s college and career readiness efforts, and see our impact!