AVID System

  • AVID is an elementary through postsecondary college readiness system designed to increase school-wide learning and performance for students.

    The mission of AVID is to close the opportunity gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. Students will:

    • Succeed in rigorous curriculum
    • Enter mainstream activities of the school
    • Increase enrollment in four-year colleges
    • Become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society

     The objectives of the AVID system in the Columbia Public School District are to:

    • Raise the expectations of students in the academic middle who desire to go to college and are willing to work hard
    • Enroll middle and high school students in rigorous courses
    • Optimize students' chances for success in rigorous coursework by providing necessary instruction and a system of support
    • Empower students with critical college preparatory skills
    • Ensure that all students graduate high school college and career ready


    The Secondary AVID Elective focuses on students in the academic middle who have a desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students capable of completing rigorous curriculum, but need support to achieve success. Click here to view a brief video about the AVID College Readiness System. 


    The AVID curriculum is driven by the WICOR method (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading). 

    AVID is offered in the district's middle schools and the three comprehensive high schools as an elective course, through an application and selection process.  Students learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and ask probing questions, receive academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college attainable. AVID students will visit college campuses several times each year to explore the different type of campuses and develop a sense of what they want from their own college experience. 

    AVID is also being implemented in grades 3-5 at Alpha Hart Elementary.  Click here to learn more about AVID Elementary.


    Where is AVID?  

    AVID is implemented in more than 7,000 schools in 47 states across the U.S., plus schools in Department of Defense Education, Canada, and Australia. AVID impacts more than 2 million students in grades K–12 and 62 postsecondary institutions. 


    For more information about AVID, go to: http://www.avid.org or contact Shanna Dale, District Coordinator, 573-214-3929 or by email at sdale@cpsk12.org.  

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    Visit the Columbia Public Schools' AVID website for additional information.