Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
AVID District Liaison
Community Resource and AVID Specialist
AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
AVID, a fourth through twelfth grade system is designed to prepare students in the academic middle for four year college eligibility. These are students who are capable of completing a college preparatory curriculum, but who are in need of support as they advance to the most rigorous classes that guide them to a successful college career and beyond. The main components of the AVID Elective classes are: academic instruction in critical reading and writing, organizational skills, college tutorial support, and a focus on higher order thinking skills.
AVID is a pathway to Advanced Placement courses.
AVID District Professional Development Plan:
- Monthly AVID Site Team meetings held in the individual school sites
- Monthly AVID District Site Coordinators’ meetings
- New teacher and principal Professional Development Trainings
- October Professional Development Day offerings for AVID/AP teachers and Guidance Counselors District-wide
- Summer Institute in Worcester: Five days of intensive instruction focusing on AVID Strategies and Technology usage. ex: Socratic Seminar, Philosophical Chairs, Critical Reading and Writing, iPad training , Higher Order Thinking Skills
- AVID Summer Institute in PA. presented by AVID Center: Opportunities consist of 33 AVID strategy strand offerings in a four-day training event. Twenty people attend each year.
- AVID Annual Conference: A three day AVID Instructional Strategy with new AVID Strategy focus
- AVID Center Web Instruction: Live AVID website instruction and chats
What is AVID in the Worcester Public Schools?
AVID is a fourth through twelfth grade system to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. These are students who are capable of completing a college preparatory curriculum but are in need of support as they tackle the most rigorous classes that will guide them to a successful college career and beyond. The main components of AVID are academic instruction, tutorial support, organizational skills and a focus on higher order thinking skills.
AVID students are enrolled in their school’s rigorous classes that include AP (Advance Placement), Honors, and college preparatory classes as well as an AVID elective class that is taught by a trained AVID teacher. Students are proud to be part of AVID and naturally become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.
The AVID system includes innovative teachers and site coordinators who are committed to serving the needs of AVID students. They work together to organize curriculum and rigorous activities that keep students engaged and challenged. The AVID faculty also works hand-in-hand with Worcester Public School colleagues to implement AVID methodologies, to place students in college preparatory curriculum and to work with counselors to guide students through the college application process. They are AVID trained and proud to work with AVID students.
Tutors are highly motivated college students who are an essential component to the success of the AVID elective class. They help the AVID teacher facilitate student access to rigorous curriculum. For many college students this experience fulfills their requirements for community service, field work and financial aid. Many AVID tutors were prior AVID students and enjoy their new role within the AVID system.
Families are a vital component to the success of the AVID student. They are invited to participate in AVID Family Workshops where the family can learn ways to support their student’s academics. They are also encouraged to maintain regular contact with the AVID coordinator.
College, universities and local businesses demonstrate their support of AVID in many academic ways. Local businesses support AVID through Family Awareness Nights, college field trips, classroom materials and financial commitments to AVID trainings. Local colleges and universities supply AVID with college tutors.