AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

AVID studentsAVID (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.

AVID was established more than 35 years ago with one teacher in one classroom. AVID is a global organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and postsecondary opportunities. AVID today impacts nearly 1.5 million students in 46 states and 16 other countries/territories. Schools and districts have taken methodologies and strategies from the elective course and implemented them school wide and district wide to impact their entire communities. Round Rock ISD offers the AVID Elective course to students in grades 7-12.

AVID students at St. Edwards UniversityAt the middle and high school level, AVID students 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. As part of AVID, students are asked to enroll in challenging course work, notably pre-Advanced Placement, Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate. The support provided by the AVID class helps pave the way for student success in these college-preparatory classes.

School wide impact 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.

In order to participate in AVID, teachers nominate students and AVID applications are distributed to these students. In addition to teacher nomination, a student may individually request an AVID application. Students are interviewed by the AVID teacher as part of the selection process. The interview helps assess the critical element of “individual determination” on the part of the student.

Why was my child selected/nominated for the AVID Elective class?
Your student shows potential to succeed in advanced courses and could benefit from the peer community and skills taught in the AVID Elective class. Your student’s teachers believe your child can succeed academically as they prepare for college and a career with the help of AVID.
Why do AVID students have to take advanced coursework?
Many students progress from grade to grade without ever challenging themselves to achieve more. They do well enough to graduate but it doesn’t mean that they are college-ready.
How does the AVID Elective help students?
Students in the AVID Elective are held to higher expectations and given the support they need to succeed and prepare for postsecondary opportunities. By encouraging, assisting, and advocating students every day, AVID greatly increases their chances of making it to and through college.
Is the AVID Elective a remedial course?
AVID is not a remedial course, it is a class for acceleration.  Students in the AVID Elective enroll in advanced courses and receive the support they need to succeed in those classes. Students have to be willing to work hard and want to learn ways to succeed in school and in the college or career they choose after high school.
What can I do to prepare my child for college?
Your child’s needs will depend on their current grade level. AVID has resources and tips available to help you when preparing your child for college. Also, be sure to contact your child’s school for related deadlines, college visit opportunities and ways that you can help.

Be involved in your child’s education.  Ask them about their TRF’s (tutorial request forms) and spend time online reviewing colleges and their career interests.  Have your child complete an interest survey online to assist them in finding possible career opportunities.  Discuss the numerous opportunities available to obtain a skill, certification or degree.


Round Rock ISD currently has AVID on the following campuses:

CD Fulkes Middle School – AVID Site Coordinator – Alison Green
Cedar Ridge High School – AVID Site Coordinator – Caty Hight
McNeil High School – AVID Site Coordinator – Dan Nguyen
Round Rock High School – AVID Site Coordinator – Cynthia Clement
Stony Point High School – AVID Site Coordinator – Staci Gammage
Westwood High School – AVID Site Coordinator – Leyla Olano
Early College High School – AVID Site Coordinator – Angela Ross

Feel free to contact the Site Coordinator on your campus or the District Director with any questions you may have about AVID.

We welcome all inquiries about this amazing program.

Lora Darden
AVID District Director

Margie Davis
AVID Administrative Associate

Photos of AVID students