What is AVID
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) has been at Aloha High School since 2014. The mission statement of AVID seems simple: to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. But in reality, preparing students for success takes a lot of work from a dedicated team that includes teachers, students, families, and the community.
AVID is an academic elective class during the school day. The three main components of the program are:
- Academic instruction: The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading.
- Tutorial support: 40% of a student's time in an AVID elective class is spent in collaborative tutorial groups that are led by trained AVID tutors.
- Motivational activities: AVID is, at its core, a family on-campus. Students engage in class-level and cross-level team builders. In addition to these, students in all grade levels of AVID have the opportunity to visit multiple college campuses during the year, listen to guest speakers, and participate in community service projects.
The "Ideal" AVID Student
AVID students are students in the middle, capable of completing a college preparatory path with support. These students often are not realizing their full potential academically. In the identification process a number of criteria are considered, including:
- GPA (Ideally between 2.0-3.5)
- Citizenship (No serious discipline issues allowed)
- Attendance (Good attendance is a must)
- Desire and Determination
- First in the Family to Attend College
- Historically Underrepresented in 4-year colleges/universities
- Economically Disadvantaged
- Other Special Circumstances
The Application Process
AVID accepts new 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders each year.
Please contact Martina Pedersen, our AVID coordinator, with questions about registration.