Over 97% of AVID high school seniors graduate from high school and over 75% are accepted to four-year colleges – consistently!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why was my student nominated for AVID?
The AVID Elective is a college readiness course. Your student was nominated or selected because he/she is showing potential to not only enroll and succeed in rigorous courses, but to be on track to attend any college. AVID is not a remedial course. Students in the AVID Elective enroll in rigorous courses and receive the support needed to succeed in those courses. Your student has been identified as someone who has potential and could benefit from the skills that will be taught and the peer community in the AVID Elective class. The educators at your student’s school believe your child can improve and succeed academically as they prepare for college and a career with the help of AVID.
How can I find out more about the AVID Application process?Recruitment for the AVID elective classes begins in January for the upcoming school year. Your child's AVID Site Team may promote the AVID elective with informational sessions in classrooms, invitations to specific students based upon teacher recommendations and individual student sessions. If you believe AVID may be a good fit for your student, please contact the AVID Site Coordinator for the school your child will attend the following school year.
What can I do to support my child in the AVID Elective class?
AVID has resources available to help you support your child in the AVID Elective and with their schoolwork. The best way to support your child is to understand the expectations of their AVID Elective teacher and support them at home in meeting those expectations. Also, contact your child’s school for additional ways you can support AVID and get involved.
Do you have any resources to help me support my student?
Yes! Check out the following links for helpful resources:
Parent Toolkit: Parent Toolkit is a one-stop shop resource that was produced and developed with parents in mind.
U.S Department of Education: The U.S. Department of Education provides resources to help parents in a variety of ways, covering early childhood education all the way through paying for college. Get tips on helping students with homework, reading, and math.
Federal Student Aid (FSA): FSA gives parents the information they need to save for college, learn about financial aid, and help their child complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FSA also provides in depth resources on college and financial aid in both English and Spanish.
Big Future: The College Board’s Big Future is a free, comprehensive resource that helps both students and parents to make college planning easier. They provide parent action plans from middle school through each year of high school and information on financial aid.
College Greenlight: College Greenlight is a free service for first-generation and underrepresented students to find caring colleges, scholarship opportunities, and mentors.
CollegeWeekLive (CWL): CWL hosts free virtual college fairs and information sessions to help you and your child learn more about different colleges and receive expert advice on admissions and paying for college.
Career Village: Career Village gives students access to career information and advice from professionals across the country. Parents can direct their children here to help them become more career-ready.
Why do AVID students have to take advanced coursework?
Students in the academic middle often move through our educational systems without any special recognition, positive or negative. While many of these students go on to graduate from high school, they are often not college-ready upon graduation. When a school has AVID, students in the AVID Elective and throughout the school are held to higher expectations and given the support they need to succeed and prepare for postsecondary opportunities. By pushing students into more rigorous coursework, encouraging, assisting, and advocating for them every day, AVID greatly increase their likelihood of making it to and through college.
My child is not in the AVID Elective. How does he/she benefit?
AVID is designed to impact the leadership, systems, instruction and culture of a school to support high expectations and levels of achievement for all students. AVID impacts students throughout the school when trained teachers use AVID strategies to influence the academic and behavioral skills of their students in all content classes. Although AVID is an elective course for selected students, ALL students will benefit because the methodologies, strategies, and expectations are schoolwide and impact the learning environment and culture of an entire campus.
What can I do to prepare my child for college?
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 any particular deadlines, possible college visit opportunities and for ways you can help.
Who can I contact with more questions about AVID?
Please browse the website for great resources about all the facets of AVID and contact your local school for more specific information or questions.