The foundation of the AVID program is an elective class that provides academic support for students who aspire to college and who would benefit from daily in­ school instructional support in order to be successful in a college preparatory course of study. AVID course content includes instruction intended to improve a variety of skills; tutorials designed to increase higher­ level thinking and success in rigorous courses; and motivational activities, guest speakers, and college and career exploration.

The mission of AVID is to ensure that motivated students who have the potential to be successful in a college preparatory path will:
*Succeed in a rigorous curriculum
*Enroll in a four­ year college or further inquiry of study
*Enter and participate in mainstream activities of the school
*Become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society

Most students can succeed in rigorous courses and get into and through college by perseverance, hard work, and, as the AVID program’s name reveals, “individual determination.” However, many students need assistance in reaching the goal of going to college. AVID students are placed with a strong group of peers and adults who share a commitment to academic excellence and who work together for student success. In the AVID classroom students find high expectations, encouragement, day­-to-­day help, a vision of college as an expected and attainable goal, and guidance in and skills for reaching that goal. Ultimately, AVID provides a social and academic structure to support students as they work to succeed.