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 33 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

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