Advancement Via Individual Determination, known as AVID, is a college and career readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll and succeed in higher education, and in their lives beyond high school. The AVID College Readiness System is a catalyst for developing a school culture that closes the achievement, expectation, and opportunity gaps many students face, and it prepares all students for success in a global society.
AVID is designed to eliminate the achievement gap through a student-centered approach by facilitating the development of academic and social skills for students. AVID curriculum and practices also support students in expanding their understanding of higher education, including potential majors, the financial aid process, and admissions and scholarship applications. Learn more about AVID.
AVID Elementary is currently offered at Gypsum Elementary School. AVID Elementary is a foundational component of the AVID College Readiness System, and supports AVID's mission to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
Based on the same learning foundation that underlies AVID Secondary, AVID Elementary is designed to be embedded into the daily instruction of all elementary classrooms across grade levels to maintain school-wide structure. AVID Elementary's implementation resources, professional development, and philosophy are all grounded in the idea that the growth mindset can be taught to students, and it is through the growth mindset that AVID students succeed in following their dreams and fulfilling their aspirations.
AVID Elementary students develop academic habits they need to be successful throughout their academic careers in age-appropriate and challenging ways. Children learn about organization, study skills, communication, and self-advocacy.
At the middle school and high school levels, AVID instructional practices are used schoolwide, and the AVID Elective class adds an extra layer of support for students who choose to participate. The AVID Elective class is offered at Berry Creek Middle School, Eagle Valley Middle School, Gypsum Creek Middle School, Homestake Peak School, Battle Mountain High School, and Eagle Valley High School.
With the AVID Elective, for one period a day, students receive additional academic, social, and emotional support to help them succeed in rigorous courses. AVID Secondary curriculum and practices develop writing, inquiry, collaborative, organizational, and reading skills among students. AVID Elective classes also assist students in expanding their knowledge of higher education, majors, financial aid processes, and admissions and scholarship applications.