AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)


What is AVID?
AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. It is an academic support program that prepares students for college eligibility and success. The program targets academically average students and places them in advanced courses, while supporting them in the AVID elective course.

Mission of AVID:
To close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global Societies.

The AVID Student: 
In order to be eligible for AVID students must apply and interview for the program. The typical AVID student will have average to high test scores, a 2.0-3.5 GPA and college potential with support, and desire and determination.

They also must meet at least one of the following criteria:
• First to attend college
• Historically underserved in 4-year colleges
• Low income
• Special circumstances (ELL, foster care, single parent family, etc.)

Course Philosophy:
AVID is an elective course that prepares students for entrance into four-year colleges. It is based on rigorous standards developed by middle and high school teachers and college professors. It is driven by analytical writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and critical reading (WICOR), and in addition, it focuses on study skills, test taking skills, note taking, research, organization, critical thinking, goal setting, choosing a college, and preparing for college entrance exams.

What is the AVID Methodology?
AVID Methodology is about allowing students access to a rigorous college and career preparatory curriculum and providing professional learning to support teachers. Students learn how to set and work toward goals, how to manage their time, how to take notes, how to use binders to structure and organize their notes, and how to study using their organized materials. More details on the WICOR instructional strategies are included below:

WICOR Strategies

AVID Staff:

Liz Jensen
AVID Elective Teacher
and Coordinator
Elizabeth.Jensen@fridley.k12.mn.us
763-502-5764

Dan Nalepka
AVID Elective Teacher
Dan.Nalepka@fridley.k12.mn.us
763-502-5742

Lizzie Winkelman
AVID Elective Teacher
Lizzie.Winkelman@fridley.k12.mn.us
763-502-5760