AVID Logo, Proven Achievement. Lifelong Advantage.

Advancement Via Individual Determination

AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.


Venetucci Elementary

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Webster Elementary

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Watson Junior High

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Mesa Ridge High School

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  • Peer Tutoring: Students work together to master new content through inquiry-based tutoring. They learn how to ask questions that go beyond memorization and encourage higher-level thinking. Peers ask each other questions that prompt deeper learning, and students know how to articulate their points of confusion.
  • Focused Note-taking: Students utilize the focused note-taking process to create powerful study tools. They are not just copying down words. Students learn to recognize the most important parts of a lesson, create questions to guide their studying, and revisit and refine their notes to solidify learning.
  • Collaboration: Students demonstrate a strong sense of mutual respect and support, engaging in rigorous discourse and building on each other’s thoughts. Collaborative activities are structured and graded to promote participation from each student.
  • Embedded Soft Skills: Students learn soft skills like public speaking, self-advocacy, time management, organization, and more. Students hone their soft skills in an authentic way through a variety of AVID activities.
  • Classroom Set-up: Classroom arrangement promotes and encourages students to communicate and to work more effectively together.
  • Teacher Facilitates Learning: AVID teachers design classroom activities that allow students to take ownership of the content. The teacher creates opportunities for students to investigate, talk, explore, and come to their own understanding.
  • Career and College-Readiness Environment: College banners, posters, and pennants reinforce a college-going culture on campus. AVID classrooms have an atmosphere of high expectations.
  • Inquiry-Based Activities: Students learn to ask critical questions to clarify their own thinking and the thinking of others.
  • Higher-Level Thinking: During activities like Socratic Seminar, students focus on content, build on each other’s thoughts, and challenge one another to think deeply.
  • Reading and Writing To Learn: Students read a variety of texts utilizing AVID’s critical reading strategies and engage in metacognitive discussions of the texts along with reflective writing activities.


For more information about AVID, please visit their website.