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Alief ISD AVID

Program Description

AVID is a nationally recognized academic support program designed to prepare students who are in the academic middle for college eligibility and success. AVID stands for

  • Advancement
  • Via
  • Individual
  • Determination

and has a proven track record of thirty years in bringing out the best in students and in closing the achievement gap. AVID targets students in the middle, underachievers, and/or students with limited or no exposure to college preparatory information. These are students who have the desire to go to college, the willingness to work hard, and the determination to succeed. AVID gives students access and opportunities to participate in rigorous courses such as Advanced Placement, while helping students with organizational, time management, critical thinking, reading, writing, and speaking skills.

The AVID curriculum used in the AVID elective classes is based on rigorous standards utilizing instruction in the research-based WICOR methodology of writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading. Content teachers throughout each campus also utilize the strategies to transform students in all classes from passive learners into active classroom contributors, problem solving collaborators, and critical thinkers.

AVID Secondary Domains and AVID Elementary Essentials are focused in four categories:

  • Instruction
  • Systems
  • Leadership
  • Culture

AVID Classes Participate in Field Trip Opportunities

The AVID Elective class at the secondary level provides numerous opportunities for students to participate in field trips that promote college and career awareness. AVID students have visited Texas A&M University, University of Texas, University of Houston, Sam Houston State, Texas State, Stephen F. Austin University, Rice University, University of St. Thomas, University of Houston Downtown, and Houston Baptist University just to name a few. AVID students also take virtual tours of out-of-state colleges and connect with admissions advisors all over the country.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits

Demographics

First-Generation

  • Less than 25%