Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an academic elective course that prepares students for college- readiness, and success. The curriculum consists of tutor-facilitated study groups, motivational activities, and academic success skills, with a focus on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading to support their academic growth.


The AVID Student

An AVID Elective Student...

  • has average to high test scores.
  • has a GPA of 2.0 to 3.5.
  • has college potential with support.
  • is willing to commit to taking at least one rigorous course (Advanced, AP, Dual Credit, OnRamps).
  • is a hard worker, has a positive attitude, and is collaborative in nature.
  • has potential, but may also have special circumstances that could be obstacles to achievement.


The AVID Elective Class

What the AVID Elective is…

  • AVID is for students who have the potential for honors, advanced, Pre-AP®, and AP® work in school but need support paired with the rigor.
  • AVID combines rigor with support that includes each student’s own individual determination and the support of teachers, other AVID students, family members, the AVID teacher(s), and college tutors.
  • Students in AVID must maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher throughout the school year.


What the AVID Elective is not…

  • AVID is not an “at-risk” system. It is designed to support students who would otherwise not attend and graduate from a four-year college/university.
  • AVID is not for students who fail to complete any of their homework.
  • AVID is not for students who consistently receive grades of “D” or “F.”
  • AVID is not for unmotivated students. They must have individual determination.


What do students do in the AVID Elective?

AVID provides scaffolded support that students need to encourage college and career readiness and success.  In the AVID elective class, students receive the additional academic, social, and emotional support that will help them succeed in school.  AVID standards focus on the following:

  • Student Agency
    • Student Empowerment
    • Leadership of Others
  • Rigorous Academic Preparedness
    • Writing
    • Inquiry
    • Collaboration
    • Organization
    • Reading
  • Opportunity Knowledge
    • Advancing College Preparedness
    • Building Career Knowledge


What type of credit do AVID students receive?

  • Students earn an Elective credit while in AVID.
  • Eighth grade students taking AVID 1, earn one high school elective credit.
  • Students who complete a full year of AVID 1, AVID 2, AVID 3, AVID 4 or AVID Senior Seminar will fulfill the NISD Speech requirement for graduation.

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