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Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a college-readiness system that prepares students in kindergarten through 12th grade for college eligibility and success. Established more than 35 years ago with one teacher in one classroom, AVID today impacts more than 1.2 million students in 44 states and 16 other countries/territories.  AVID is for all students but targets those who are in the academic middle. It supports students and educators as they increase school-wide/district-wide learning and performance. 

AVID is not just another program. At its heart, AVID is a philosophy...

Hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge.


AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. With AVID, students are able to: 

  • Succeed in rigorous curriculum
  • Complete a rigorous college preparatory path
  • Enroll in college
  • Become educated and responsible participants and leaders in their communities and our society


  • AVID is designed for middle- to upper middle- academic students. These students have the potential for honors level and Advanced Placement (AP) course work, but may need to develop the skills needed to be successful in those rigorous courses
  • AVID combines rigor with support that includes the student's individual determination and the support of teachers, administrators, fellow AVID students, their families, and AVID tutors
  • Students must maintain 2.0 or higher grade-point average (GPA) throughout the school year


  • AVID is not a program for students at risk of not graduating 
  • AVID is not for students who don't do any of their homework
  • AVID is not for the consistently D or F student
  • AVID is not for unmotivated students who do not have the individual determination needed for success


  • Must maintain an average to above average GPA
  • Must be a hard worker, have a positive attitude and the desire to work collaboratively with others
  • Must be willing to complete four-year university requirements prior to graduation
  • Must take at least one AP course while in AVID

Other Cool Things about AVID

  • Mr. Phillips is AMAZING
  • When Safe, AVID students go on super fun field trips to nearby college campuses (We've been to UofA, NAU and we were forced to visit ASU)
  • In the AVID elective, we learn hard work, teamwork and having growth mindset
  • We also have AMAZING college tutors who come hang out with us each week to help us be successful in our core classes.


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