Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

AVID’s mission is to close the opportunity gap by preparing all students for college and career readiness and success in a global society.

AVID Proven Achievement. Lifelong Advantage.

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.

AVID Secondary (Middle and High School)

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.

Middle Schools

  • Glasgow
  • Hayfield
  • Herndon
  • Holmes
  • Hughes
  • Jackson
  • Katherine Johnson
  • Key
  • Lake Braddock
  • Liberty
  • Longfellow
  • 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

AVID Elementary

AVID Elementary is a research-based instructional framework embedded into daily routines at the elementary level. AVID-trained teachers infuse writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, reading, relational capacity, and college/career awareness into their classes.  Typically, first-year AVID schools implement the program in a single grade level and expand to additional grade levels each subsequent year. Currently, AVID is implemented in three elementary schools.

Elementary Schools

  • Daniels Run
  • Gunston
  • Providence

Learn about the first AVID Elementary program in FCPS