Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) College Readiness System works to ensure students are college-ready by equipping them with the skills, academic behaviors, and college knowledge necessary to succeed at every level from elementary school to college. AVID helps students develop a vision for their future, gain confidence in their abilities, and take ownership of their learning.
AVID Elective Class
The AVID College Readiness System is a four-year elective class at ETHS, open by invitation only to students who are in the academic middle. The major goals of the system are to help students to be successful in rigorous courses by teaching them organizational, critical thinking, writing, and collaborative skills. The specific AVID curriculum focuses on note-taking skills, the Socratic method of inquiry and knowledge acquisition, and the collaborative learning process. Students are supported in the AVID curriculum by teachers and tutors who are specifically trained in AVID methodology.
Students participate in college visits each semester, all four years of high school. All AVID juniors participate in a quarter-long ACT-preparatory program as well as grade-level, College Board test-readiness units. Students participate in weekly tutorial sessions in small groups. Students must maintain a 2.5 grade point average to maintain AVID status; AVID is not for remediation.
The criteria for receiving an invitation to participate in AVID include:
- A desire to improve academic performance
- A willingness of parents and students to commit to the terms of admission
- Recommendation by middle school teachers or high school personnel
- Student essay and interview
- The absence of behavior problems or truancy problems