Stillwater Middle School AVID


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 4,800 schools and 41 institutions of higher education in 45 states and 16 countries, 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

Neal Mayerly 

AVID Lead Teacher

Mary Adamle
AVID Campus Coordinator


Common Characteristics of an AVID Elective Student:

  • GPA of 2.5 to 3.5
  • Average 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 not an at-risk program
  • AVID is not for students who don't do any of their homework
  • AVID is not for the consistently D or F student
  • AVID is not for unmotivated students
  • They must have individual determination