AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determination

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is an essential component in moving students toward college readiness.  Specifically in Northwest ISD, for the first year of implementation, the AVID System will focus on incoming 7th and 8th graders at all five middle school campuses that are in need of additional support structures in order to successfully make first-time attempts and then complete Pre-Advanced Placement courses.  These students will be enrolled in the AVID Elective Course at each middle school, which is the cornerstone to the AVID system at the secondary level.  In this course, students are taught study skills, note-taking, time management, writing skills, and research skills, while being immersed in a college-going culture. The class also includes tutoring sessions led by college students and provides support for success in the Pre-Advanced Placement curriculum.  Additionally, the class will provide students access to information about colleges and universities through field trips, guest speakers, the aforementioned college tutors, and valuable insight to the college admission process.


What AVID Does
Simply, AVID trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

How AVID Works
AVID brings research‐based strategies and curriculum to educational institutions in elementarysecondary, and higher education. The AVID System annually provides more than 30,000 educators with training and methodologies that develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas throughout the entire campus, in what we call Schoolwide AVID.


  • Teaches skills and behaviors for academic success
  • Provides intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships
  • Creates a positive peer group for students
  • Develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination