Advancement Via Individual Determination

AVID is a college readiness system that prepares students in kindergarten through 12th grade for college eligibility and success. Some colleges and universities have also implemented AVID to help their students. Since it began in 1980 in California, AVID has been adopted by more than 6,400 schools and 50 institutions of higher education nationwide, providing training for more than 30,000 educators each year and making a difference in the lives of more than 700,000 students.

The Mission of AVID

AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing ALL students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID was designed to give extra support to students in the academic middle and those students who are typically underrepresented on college campuses.

Contact Information:

Eric Anderson
AVID District Director

Jen Prestegaard
AVID Campus Coordinator


Common Characteristics of an AVID Elective Student:

  • GPA of 2.5 to 3.5
  • Average to high test scores
  • Must be a hard worker, have a positive attitude and work collaboratively with others
  • College potential with support
  • Typically a first generation college student, historically under-served in four-year colleges or universities or have special family circumstances

Myths about the AVID Elective:

  • AVID is an enrichment program
  • AVID is for students who regularly do homework, but could use organization and time management support
  • AVID is a best fit for students who have mostly C grades and above and/or might be ready to bridge to AP/honors coursework
  • AVID students demonstrate individual determination