Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

  • AVID is a four-year elective course that ETHS offers for college-bound students. Enrollment is selective. Students must meet program criteria, complete the application, and participate in an interview to be selected.

    For details about this process, please visit the AVID for Incoming Freshmen or AVID for Current ETHS Students pages.

    Program Components

    • Four-year program which includes a yearly two-credit AVID elective study skills/college prep course.
    • Students have class with teachers three days per week and collaborative inquiry sessions (small study groups) with tutors one day per week.
    • Invitational program based on test scores; qualified students are invited and 8th-grade teachers recommend students based on attendance, behavior, and motivation.
    • Student essay and interview required; AVID is added to the schedule as a placeholder.  It is later removed if admission documents have not been completed.
    • Summer school is not required but recommended. Courses are listed in the online Course Catalog beginning in December. For more details about Summer School at ETHS, visit the website.



    Students in the AVID Program are responsible for regularly reviewing or submitting an academic summary. This report gives information on current grades in each class. Grades and support comments are a means of determining where students need assistance. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA (national AVID minimum) in order to be in good standing with the program.


    Binders and Time Management

    AVID freshmen and sophomores are required to use binders to demonstrate organization. Binders are checked several times throughout each quarter. Students are advised on how to manage their time for efficient studying and assignment completion.


    Standardized Test Preparation for College Entrance Exams

    Standardized test preparation is provided for all AVID juniors and is taught 2nd and 3rd quarter during their AVID elective.


    Foundational Methodologies 

    • Each program focuses on a set of writing, collaboration, inquiry and reading skills that are designed to assist students in major content courses.
    • Cornell Notes
    • WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading)
    • Concept Mapping
    • Costa's Levels of Questioning – 1, 2, 3
    • Binders/ Time Management
    • Many forms of Column Notes


    College Trips

    Students who participate in AVID are invited to attend over 12 field trips to Midwest colleges and universities throughout four years of high school. These trips are designed to get students motivated about attending college and provide background knowledge to assist them in making the right college choice.  For more information about college trips, please contact the AVID/STAE Program Assistant at 847-424-7685.

AVID Overview


Office Hours

  •   Regular Summer
    Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm Closed