AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. It is a college readiness system that prepares students in kindergarten through 12th grade for college eligibility and success. Since it began in 1980 in California, AVID has been adopted by more than 5,600 schools, including 40 colleges and universities, in 44 states and 16 countries, making a difference in the lives of 1.2 million students.
AVID is for all students, but targets those in the academic middle and who are usually under-served. Its systematic approach is designed to support students and educators as they increase school-wide/district-wide learning and performance. Students must learn and apply the skills they are taught in their AVID elective class to succeed in high school and prepare them for college.