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AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college preparatory program. Middle school level AVID students participate in college readiness and awareness activities such as visiting college campuses, researching and participating in a College Fair, taking the SAT9 exam, note taking and gaining exposure to various occupations that require college degrees from Guest Speakers throughout the year. Through the use of WICOR strategies: writing, inquiry, collaboration and organization, students will be prepared for the most rigorous classes in middle school and Advanced Placement courses at the high school level. Moreover, through the tutorial process, students not only learn inquiry-based strategies to solve their homework problems from core classes, they build solid relationships with classmates which are strengthened by attending exclusive after school events that result in a strong sense of community and family-oriented environment that in return builds self-esteem, communication, and confidence in each student. Application and Interview required.


What is AVID? A video for students and parents:

What AVID Is...
  • AVID is an in-school academic support program for grades 4-12 that prepares students for college eligibility and success.
  • AVID places academically average students in advanced classes.
  • AVID levels the playing field for minority, rural, low-income and other students without a college-going tradition in their families.
  • AVID is for all students, but it targets those in the academic middle.
  • AVID is implemented schoolwide and districtwide.
What AVID Isn't...

  • AVID isn't a remedial program.
  • AVID isn't a free ride.
  • AVID isn't a niche program.
  • AVID isn't a college outreach program.
The AVID Student
AVID 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.  These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential.  Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families.  AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation. 

How do I apply?

If you are going to be in 6th, 7th or 8th grade next year (2019-2020) and would like to apply to the AVID program, please go to the CLMS AVID website to fill out an following application:


Five Reasons to Support AVID

It's the data. AVID stands out in a sea of experimental, unproven programs. It has volumes of data validating exactly how and why it works, not to mention a 27-year track record of closing the achievement gap.

It's the standards.  AVID not only makes the college dream accessible to traditionally underserved students, but it also helps schools meet state accountability measures.

It's the American Dream. College may not be for every student, but every student should have the opportunity to attend a four-year college. 

It's the right thing to do. Who can argue with creating greater equity for thousands of students who until now have not had access to academically challenging classes?

It's the economy.   We need an educated workforce and can't afford to leave anyone behind. Business supports AVID because it ensures that more students are trained to think critically, overcome obstacles and work in teams