Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

  • What Is AVID

    Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a global nonprofit organization that operates with one guiding principle: Hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge. AVID’s system brings research-based curriculum and strategies to students each day that develop critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas.

    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.

    AVID’s Impact

    For more than 35 years, AVID has prepared students for college readiness and success. AVID has provided educators a proven solution for systematically increasing academic rigor and creating engaging learning environments, accelerating the performance of underrepresented students and delivering results schoolwide.

    AVID graduates enroll in college at higher rates. AVID seniors outpaced the national average of enrolling in either a two- or four-year college the first fall term after high school – 71 percent of AVID students enrolled in college as compared to 68 percent in the U.S. overall¹. This success is remarkable considering AVID’s population is largely comprised of students typically underrepresented in higher education.

    Eighty-five percent (85 percent)² of AVID students persist into their second year of college as compared to the overall U.S. average of 78 percent³. AVID graduates “stick with it” –applying the learning, study, and academic behavioral skills gained through AVID.

    How AVID Works

    • Teaches skills and behaviors for academic success including focused note taking and organizational strategies      
    • Provides intensive support with collaborative study groups 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

    AVID High Schools in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District



    ¹AVID Center (2014, AVID Senior Data Collection. U.S. Census Bureau (2014), Current Population Survey Data on School Enrollment. CPS October 2014--Detailed Tables [Data File, Table 7]
    ²AVID Center (2014), AVID Senior Data Collections: College enrollment records provided by National Student Clearinghouse [Electronic databases]
    ³National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (2016). Snapshot report: First-Year Persistence and Retention Rates, Fall 2009-2014 Entering Cohorts

Last Modified on January 24, 2023