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AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness program that is primarily designed for high school students. It was founded in 1980 by Mary Catherine Swanson and is currently administered by the AVID Center, a non-profit organization. The AVID program aims to support students who have the potential to succeed in a college or university setting but may face challenges in reaching their educational goals. Here's an overview of what the AVID program in high school entails:

  • Targeted Student Population: AVID is typically geared towards students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education, including those from low-income backgrounds, first-generation college students, and students of diverse ethnic backgrounds.
  • Skill Development: AVID focuses on equipping students with essential academic and life skills. It promotes critical thinking, communication, organization, and study skills to help students excel in their coursework.
  • Tutoring and Academic Support: A distinctive feature of AVID is the use of peer and college tutors who work with students to provide academic support. These tutors help students understand complex subjects and develop effective study habits.
  • College and Career Readiness: AVID prepares students for the rigors of college by helping them navigate the college application process, explore potential career paths, and develop a clear educational plan. It emphasizes the importance of advanced courses and extracurricular activities.
  • WICOR Strategies: AVID employs the WICOR method, which stands for Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading. These strategies are integrated into the curriculum to enhance student learning and critical thinking.
  • Supportive Classroom Environment: AVID classrooms create a collaborative and supportive atmosphere, where students are encouraged to ask questions, engage in discussions, and work together on academic tasks.
  • Field Trips and College Visits: AVID often includes field trips to colleges and universities, allowing students to explore various post-secondary education options and understand the college environment.
  • Parent and Family Involvement: AVID encourages parents and families to be actively involved in their child's education and college preparation. This support network is crucial for student success.
  • AVID Elective Course: Students in the AVID program usually take an AVID elective course in addition to their regular coursework. In this course, they receive instruction and support that is tailored to their college and career goals.
  • Long-term Impact: AVID's ultimate goal is to increase the number of students who graduate from high school, enroll in college, and complete a college degree. The program has a track record of helping students achieve these outcomes
  • Teacher Professional Development: AVID also offers professional development for educators to help them implement AVID strategies effectively in the classroom.

AVID has been successful in increasing access to higher education for many students who might not have had the resources or support to pursue college. The program's structured and supportive approach equips students with the skills and confidence needed to excel academically and prepare for a successful future in college and beyond.

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