Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

AVID requires all students to enroll in a daily academic class where students are provided with study skills instruction, motivational activities, and college and career exploration.

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The mission of AVID is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID’s goal is to ensure that students capable of completing a college preparatory path will: succeed in the most rigorous curriculum, actively participate in the school community, enroll in a four-year college, become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.

Would you benefit from the following elements in an elective class?

  • Having discussions and collaborative problem-solving in small groups.
  • Learning how to study effectively for every subject.
  • Organizing your time, materials, thoughts, and writing.
  • Getting and staying motivated to succeed in school.
  • Exploring a variety of careers and pathways to postsecondary success.

Do you fit into one or more of the following categories?

  • First in your family to attend a four-year college in the U.S.
  • Economically disadvantaged
  • Current GPA of 2.0–3.5
  • Determined to go to college
  • Willing to take some advanced courses and put in the necessary work
  • Good attendance record
  • Appropriate classroom behavior with few or no discipline referrals
  • Willing to give up an elective class in order to reach goals

If you’ve answered “yes” to any of the above, then AVID might be for you! Talk to your school counselor, as AVID just might change your life. Additional information about AVID is on AVID’s national website or you can contact your school’s AVID coordinator.

Elementary Schools:

  • Gunston

Learn about the first AVID program in an FCPS Elementary School:

Middle Schools:

  • Glasgow
  • Hayfield
  • Herndon
  • Holmes
  • Hughes
  • Jackson
  • Katherine Johnson
  • Key
  • Lake Braddock
  • Sandburg
  • Twain
  • Whitman

High Schools:

  • Annandale
  • Chantilly
  • Edison
  • Fairfax
  • Falls Church
  • Hayfield
  • Herndon
  • John Lewis
  • Justice
  • Lake Braddock
  • Mount Vernon
  • Oakton
  • South Lakes
  • Westfield
  • West Potomac