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AVID @ Uni         

Big dreams take hard work.

A Uni AVID Student…

       should be…                         might be…                       won’t be…


✓ Academically successful

✓ Eager to take advantage of opportunities

✓ Interested in earning a 4-year college degree

✓ Able to demonstrate individual determination

✓ Willing to demonstrate leadership at the school or in the community

✓ Recognizes their own potential

✓ Making their own decision to join the program

➣ In the academic “middle”

➣ A first-generation college student

➣ Looking for a place to fit in with like-minded motivated students        

➣ In need of support with organization, self advocacy, self accountability, and/or collaborative skills

➣ Looking to break out of the “shy” zone or needing assistance with finding his/her own voice

➣ An overachiever that needs social skills

❖ Demonstrating poor attendance or poor behavior, in or out of the classroom

❖ Unmotivated to complete

 assignments (including homework)

❖ Resistant to growth

❖ Needing additional room in their schedule to make up credits

❖ Unwilling to accept help


Avid Coordinator: Ms. Nancy Phear         

Email: [email protected]

AVID Objectives

  • To close the opportunity gap by ensuring all students are college and career ready
  • To provide college knowledge and academic skill development to prepare students for the rigor of a four-year university or college
  • To help students develop and strengthen their organizational and time management skills
  • To support students as they seek out leadership opportunities
  • To increase the participants’ levels of college and career awareness

AVID Activities

  • Learning with college tutors twice a week to improve grades in their most rigorous classes
  • Developing reading, writing, and public speaking skills
  • Developing success strategies through note-taking skills, organization and time management strategies
  • Participating in extracurricular activities and community activities to prepare for college applications and to gain awareness of diverse career paths
  • Visiting college campuses on field trips and listening to guest speakers

About AVID

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges. Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least-served students in the academic middle. The formula is simple - raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge.

Today, AVID has been adopted by nearly 4,500 schools in 47 states, the District of Columbia and 16 countries/territories, and serves approximately 400,000 students, grades 4-12 (as of school year 2009-2010). Schools and districts have taken methodologies and strategies from the elective course and implemented them schoolwide and districtwide to impact their entire communities and create articulated programs for college success.

At the high school and middle level, AVID students are enrolled in their school's toughest classes, such as Advanced Placement®, and receive support in an academic elective class - called AVID - taught within the school day by a trained AVID teacher. In the accelerated elective class, AVID students receive support through a rigorous curriculum and ongoing, structured tutorials. AVID elective teachers support AVID students by providing academic training, managing their tutorials, working with faculty and parents, and by helping students develop long-range academic and personal plans.

Schoolwide achievement results from the professional development received by subject area teachers, counselors, administrators, district administrators, and especially through the success of the students targeted for the AVID elective. Use of AVID methodologies, such as Cornell note-taking and group collaboration, in all classes helps create a college-going culture across the campus.

What differentiates AVID from other educational reform programs is its astounding success rate. Since 1990, more than 65,300 AVID students have graduated from high school and planned to attend college. Of the 2009 AVID graduates, 92 percent planned to attend college; 60 percent to a four-year college and 32 percent.