AVID in grades 6-12

Advancement Via Individual Determination

Charlottesville City Schools is partnering with the nationally recognized program AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) to serve students in grades 6-12 who demonstrate strong academic potential but may need encouragement to reach and maintain their high performance capabilities.

AVID is an in-school college preparatory program designed to assist students in rigorous courses. Its goal is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. In AVID, students learn study skills, Cornell notes, time management, organization, test readiness, critical thinking, writing to learn, and group study skills. The AVID curriculum is used in content area classrooms as well as in the required AVID elective class.

  • 2011-12 enrollment: 266 students in 6-12
  • 2012-13 enrollment: 278 students in 6-12

When the 2011–2012 school year ended, all 33 AVID seniors had confirmed plans for enrolling in a college for the fall of 2012. Twenty-seven were accepted to one or more four-year colleges or universities. As a group, they earned over 80 college acceptance letters.

AVID targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. The students are capable of completing a rigorous curriculum but need support to reach their potential. Typically, they come from a low-income family and are “under-represented” racially, culturally, or economically in colleges and universities. AVID guides students toward challenging courses, including honors and Advanced Placement classes.

AVID parents play an important role in supporting their students. They come to meetings and join us when we go on college/university visits. They serve as chaperones and get a chance to see colleges first hand. It helps open doors for families where their CCS student might be the first college student in their family.

For more information, visit the AVID web site at CvilleAVID.weebly.com.

AVID Coordinator: Bev Catlin, 245-2421.