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Advancement Via Individual Determination

An in-school academic support program for grades 6 through 12.


State funding for the AVID program, which had supported the statewide growth of AVID since 1995-96, was eliminated beginning in the 2011-12 fiscal year. Currently, districts and schools fund their own AVID programs, supported by the AVID Center, which assists with implementation and professional development. If you are interested in starting an AVID program, please visit the AVID Center Web site. External link opens in new window or tab.


The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program targets students in the academic middle–B, C, and even D students–who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. AVID places academically average students in advanced classes and provides them with an elective class that prepares them to succeed in rigorous curricula, enter mainstream activities in school, and increase their opportunities to enroll in four-year colleges.

AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. The AVID program levels the playing field for minority, rural, low-income, and other students without a college-going tradition in their families. Developed in 1980 by Mary Catherine Swanson, AVID has seen steady growth throughout California, nationally, and internationally in the last 30 years.


The purpose of AVID is to prepare students for college eligibility and success. As AVID expands to a school-wide and district-wide program, it impacts educators by increasing best practices for engaging all students and increasing college readiness across the school and district. The AVID Center expands and supports the AVID program in local middle and high schools by:

The AVID Center also encourages (1) improved student access to rigorous academic curriculum, including honors, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate courses; (2) effective articulation and feeder patterns that enable students to be served by AVID programs in grades 6 through 12; and (3) increased adoption of AVID strategies on a school-wide and district-wide basis.


For information regarding the AVID program and the California AVID Center, please visit the AVID Center Web site. External link opens in new window or tab.

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