AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

  • Welcome to AVID at Capitol Hill!

    Sarah Schupanitz

    Course Description and Instructional Goals

               AVID stands for Advancement via Individual Determination; therefore, it is necessary that students understand they are the key to their success in this program.  Because this program has quite specific guidelines to help students achieve, the AVID contract and essentials must be followed.  AVID is not only a class but it combines rigor and support to ensure student success in a college preparatory curriculum.  It includes instruction in study skills, organization skills, communication skills, reading comprehension, writing, collaboration, inquiry, test-taking strategies, and personal development.

    Instructional Model

    Writing as a Tool of Learning

    Inquiry Method


    Collaborative Learning Groups

    Reading as a Tool of Learning

    AVID Contract

               Students and parents are required to sign the AVID contract each year.  This contract outlines the program and requirements.  In addition to the AVID essentials, students are required to exhibit good citizenship, refrain from excessive absences and tardies, maintain at least a “C” average in every class at all times, and avoid disciplinary referrals.

    Materials/Textbooks/Technology Used

               AVID Strategies

               AVID College and Careers

              AVID Writing Curriculum

              Organizing the AVID Student Binder

              Preparing for College

              Numerous online resources 

    AVID Binder and Planner

               Students are to purchase a 3-inch binder.  A divider and labeled tab for each course is required.   All notes, handouts, tests, etc. are to be dated and filed in this binder.  The binder will be checked regularly for organization, Cornell notes, and the other AVID essentials.  Students will be required to have a planner.  Binder and planner checks will take place every Friday.         

    Cornell Notes/Learning Logs

               Students must use Cornell note-taking for all classes.  Learning logs are often used if class notes are not given and are helpful to note what was learned in class that day.  These are especially important when activities and non-directed teacher-centered instruction occur.

    Grading Policy

                Students are expected to meet all deadlines for class work to avoid receiving unsatisfactory grades.  This class follows the Capitol Hill grading and late work policy.

    AVID is ...

    An in-school academic support program for grades 4-12 that prepares students for college eligibility and success.

    A program that places academically average students in advanced classes.

    A program that levels the playing field for students of color, rural families, families living on a low income and other students without a college-going tradition in their families.

    For all students, but it targets those in the academic middle.

    Implemented schoolwide and districtwide.

    "AVID is like a family" - Ka Vang, class of 2008

    What AVID isn't ...

    A remedial program.

    A free ride.

    A niche program.

    A college outreach program.

    One of the most important components of the AVID program are the tutorial sessions that happen each Tuesday and Thursday. The students need a prepared TRF each session.

AVID Misson

  • AVID ensures that ALL students - and most especially the least served students who are in the middle:

    • will succeed in rigorous curriculum;
    • will complete a rigorous college preparatory path;
    • will enter mainstream activities of the school;
    • will increase their enrollment in four-year colleges; and
    • will become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.