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AVID Program

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Advancement Via Individual Determination

The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program is a college preparatory program that implements research-based strategies and rigorous curriculum at all grade levels to help students reach their full potential. AVID aims to close the achievement and opportunity gaps and is targeted toward the students in the academic middle. These student-centered learning environments allow educators and students to set high expectations and confidently conquer academic and social-emotional challenges.

Through the AVID program at District 196, students explore and develop the skills necessary for success in 21st-century educational and career settings. Students who participate in the AVID program graduate high school and attend collage and higher rates. But more importantly, they think critically, work collaboratively and push beyond their outer limits.

AVID in our schools

AVID is an elective course offered at all four, four-year high schools and the School of Environmental Studies, as well as three middle schools: Black Hawk, Falcon Ridge and Valley Middle School of STEM. For more detailed information about the program, visit your school's website or visit the AVID website

AVID highlights

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