The AVID program focuses on providing access to four-year colleges for students who are capable of completing rigorous coursework in middle and high school. With academic and teacher support from AVID, these students will achieve success and ultimately go on to college. With AVID as their tool, and EISD parents and families as their partners, district educators move groups of middle and high school students successfully through the state's most demanding courses and into college. AVID schools support students through an academic elective class. Selected students will enroll in the school's most challenging classes, such as Advanced Placement, and also enroll in the AVID elective. In the AVID elective class they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities. All of this helps them be successful in their new advanced classes and make college seem attainable. Their self-images improve, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.