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What is AVID?

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AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, it is a nonprofit college-readiness program offered at more than 7,000 high schools.  Students develop the skills they need to be successful in college and career readiness.  The program places an emphasis on reading, writing, critical thinking, teamwork, and organizational skills.



What Students Can Expect

AVID at Garey HS is an approved elective course taken during the school day. Students apply and are selected to enroll in an AVID class. For one period each day, students develop skills and learn behaviors that lead to success.  It builds skills like note-taking, reading and writing strategies, organization of assignments.  Students learn how to interact with peers and work in groups.  Guidance and scaffolded support help students master academic behaviors will will help them succeed in high school and beyond.


For one class period a day, they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable.  AVID closes the achievement gap for all students: Almost all AVID students who participate for at least three years are accepted to college, with about 3/4 getting into four year universities. Regardless of ethnicity or economic background, AVID students complete four-year college entrance requirements at a rate more than twice that of their peers.