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Fridley High School AVID

Program Description

What is AVID?
AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. It is an academic support program that prepares students for college eligibility and success. The program targets academically average students and places them in advanced courses, while supporting them in the AVID elective course.

Mission of AVID:
To close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global societies.

The AVID Student:
In order to be eligible for AVID students must apply and interview for the program. The typical AVID student will have average to high test scores, a 2.0-3.5 GPA and college potential with support, and desire and determination.

They also must meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • First to attend college
    • Historically underserved in 4-year colleges
    • Low income
    • Special circumstances (ELL, foster care, single parent family, etc.)

    Course Philosophy:
    AVID is an elective course that prepares students for entrance into four-year colleges. It is based on rigorous standards developed by middle and high school teachers and college professors. It is driven by analytical writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and critical reading (WICOR), and in addition, it focuses on study skills, test taking skills, note taking, research, organization, critical thinking, goal setting, choosing a college, and preparing for college entrance exams.

    Services Provided

    • College admissions guidance and counseling
    • College transition and retention support
    • Scholarships and last-dollar grants
    • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 200
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Augsburg University
  • Hamline University
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls