AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The program targets students in the academic middle - B, C, and even D students - who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. AVID puts them on the college track.

According to research, AVID students are more likely to take AP classes, complete their college eligibility requirements, and get into four-year colleges than students who donít take AVID. Almost all AVID students who participate for at least three years are accepted to college, with roughly three quarters getting into four-year universities.

District #140 has implemented aspects of the AVID program in general classes from grades five through high school. These include organization skills, the Cornell note-taking method, Socratic seminars, and more.

Once in high school, students can join the AVID program by enrolling in the AVID elective course. The classes include structured tutorials and the AVID curriculum. The curriculum is based on the WICR method: Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, and Reading. AVID elective teachers and tutors receive special training in these methods. Students in the elective classes also get opportunities to make college visits, take field trips, and hear guest speakers from a variety of colleges and careers.

If you would like more information about AVID, or if you think your child is AVID material, contact Program Coordinator Mark North at mnorth@sparta.k12.il.us.


Some information adapted from www.avidonline.org