Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
Adelanto Vía Determinación Individual
AVID is a middle school through senior high school program designed to prepare students in the middle (between a 2.0 and 3.5 grade point average) who have not previously succeeded in a college preparatory path for admission to four-year universities and colleges.
The program is offered at Columbus Tustin, Currie, Hewes, Orchard Hills, Pioneer, and Utt Middle Schools, and Beckman, Foothill and Tustin High Schools.
AVID is an academic, regularly-scheduled elective program based on writing as a tool of learning, inquiry method, and collaborative grouping. The three main components of the program are academic instruction, tutorial support, and motivational activities.
The goal of AVID is to educate the "whole student." This is achieved by unifying six important elements of education: students, curriculum, faculty, tutors, parents, and community.
AVID students enroll in rigorous academic classes and in the AVID elective class, where they receive academic support.
Activities include learning with college tutors, writing for all classes, developing success strategies, applying for college, preparing for a professional career, visiting college campuses, interacting with guest speakers, and participating in extra-curricular and community activities.
Laurie Jimenez, TUSD Teacher on Special Assignment/AVID District Director