AVID

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The goal of AVID is to prepare students for college and success in a global society. We use AVID to bring out the best in students and close the achievement gap. For more information about the program visit www.avid.org.

In middle and high schools, AVID is offered as an elective class, although students will experience AVID strategies in other classrooms. In elementary schools, AVID is not offered as an elective. Students in an AVID elementary school will automatically use different AVID strategies to help them learn and prepare for college and career. AVID elementary schools use AVID strategies in a way that affects the entire school.

Elementary program

Currently, AVID strategies are used in 23 of our elementary schools. These strategies are used in daily lessons across entire grade levels. Our goal is to give all students access to a path to success.

Each elementary school uses different aspects of AVID but they all help students:

  • stay organized with binders and agendas
  • learn note-taking skills
  • build confidence
  • increase communication skills
  • develop self-motivation
  • learn in new, collaborative ways

Middle school and high school program

AVID focuses on helping those students who might not otherwise get to college. Students in the AVID elective class take advanced courses and are given the support they need to succeed and prepare for achieving their college dreams.

National Demonstration Schools

Less than two percent of the most successful AVID campuses across the country can be called National Demonstration Schools. Three of our schools have earned this distinctive title:

  • O'Banion Middle School
  • Sellers Middle School
  • North Garland High School

Frequently asked questions

What can I do to support my child in AVID?

One skill that is important in AVID is organization. This means students are expected to use binders or agendas to keep up with school work. Ask your student to show you their binder and check their agenda planners daily. Their planners will list homework, what they learned, and may include notes from the teacher.

Contact your child’s school for additional ways you can support AVID and get involved.

How does the AVID Elective help students?

Students in the AVID Elective are held to higher expectations and given the support they need to succeed and prepare for postsecondary opportunities. By encouraging, assisting, and advocating students every day, AVID greatly increases their chances of making it to and through college.

Why was my student selected/nominated for the AVID elective class?

Your student shows potential to succeed in advanced courses and could benefit from the peer community and skills taught in the AVID Elective class. Your student's teachers believe your child can succeed academically as they prepare for college and a career with the help of AVID.

Is the AVID elective a remedial course?

AVID is not a remedial course. Students in the AVID Elective enroll in advanced courses and receive the support they need to succeed in those classes.

Why do AVID students have to take advanced coursework?

Many students progress from grade to grade without ever challenging themselves to achieve more. They do well enough to graduate but it doesn't mean that they are college-ready.

My child is not in the AVID Elective. How do they benefit

AVID is designed to impact the leadership, systems, instruction and culture of a school. In other words, AVID impacts the learning environment of the entire campus. AVID schools support high expectations and levels of achievement for all students. Although AVID is an elective course for selected students, all students end up benefitting when teachers use AVID strategies in their classes.

What can I do to prepare my child for college?

Your child's needs will depend on their current grade level. AVID has resources and tips available to help you when preparing your child for college. Also, be sure to contact your child's school for related deadlines, college visit opportunities and ways that you can help.

How does AVID help students with Standardized Tests?

Standardized tests describe "what" students should know. AVID strategies teach students "how" to learn and master the skills needed to learn what they should know. The expectations of AVID align with state standards in many ways. For example, the higher-level thinking skills required by STAAR (i.e., analyzing, comparing, inferring) are the exact skills that AVID has promoted and used to design its curriculum for the last 30 years.

How does AVID help with STEM? (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

AVID curriculum and strategies are applicable in all subjects but AVID also has specific curriculum developed to support learning in math and science courses.

Additionally, there are four AVID STEM Summer Bridge Programs to increase support for student achievement in math and science and to encourage student growth and interest in STEM fields.
These summer programs offer advanced math and science content incorporating AVID strategies in engaging, collaborative lessons and activities.

What is AVID Excel? How does AVID Excel support English Language Learners?

AVID Excel is a part of AVID's English Learner College Readiness (ELCR) program that gives middle school English language learner (ELL) students the support they need to succeed in advanced high school coursework. AVID Excel helps speed up the growth of students' academic language skills to prevent them from continuing on the route to long-term ELL (L-TEL) status.

Who pays for AVID?

Students do not pay for AVID. Our district can use local, federal and state funding, as well as private grants and partnerships to help fund AVID at our schools.

Who can I contact with more questions about AVID?

Please contact the Garland AVID Department with all of your questions. We can put you in touch with your local AVID school for more information.