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Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) College Prep

AVID logoAdvancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a college preparatory program for students in the "academic middle." These students are typically the first in their immediate family to attend college and fall into underrepresented groups on postsecondary campuses. With instructional strategies and support systems, AVID students have the potential to succeed in a rigorous course of study and be prepared to meet four-year college entrance requirements by mastering a college preparatory curriculum.

The foundation of the AVID program is an elective class that provides academic support for students who aspire to attend college. Students benefit from daily in-school instructional support in order to be successful in a college preparatory course of study. An AVID elective course content includes instruction intended to improve a variety of skills; tutorials designed to increase higher-level thinking and success in rigorous courses; and motivational activities, guest speakers, and college and career exploration.

AVID students attend English language arts, math, social science, and science courses where teachers are trained to incorporate AVID study skills and motivational strategies to encourage college. Throughout the day, AVID students are surrounded with peers and adults who share a commitment to academic excellence and who work together for student success. In AVID classrooms, students find high expectations, encouragement, day-to-day help, a vision of college as an expected and attainable goal, and guidance in and skills for reaching that goal. Ultimately, AVID provides an academic, social, and emotional support system as students work to succeed.

AVID Excel: AVID for the Long-Term English Language Learners

The AVID Excel coursework accelerates students’ academic language acquisition and increases their access to the 9th grade AVID Elective and college preparatory courses. Through a sequential set of middle school 7th and 8th grade courses, students are supported to build their academic language, leadership skills, and overall sense of commitment to school with a cohort of peers who share their same college readiness goals. The AVID Excel course sequence is made up of the AVID Excel Summer Bridge and the AVID Excel Elective with an emphasis on developing students’ academic language proficiency in all domains—reading, writing, speaking, and listening—while also developing self-determination, leadership skills, and motivation.

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AVID Program Schools (2017-18)

  • A.P. Giannini Middle School
  • Abraham Lincoln High School
  • Aptos Middle School
  • Francisco Middle School
  • Galileo Academy of Science and Technology
  • James Denman Middle School
  • James Lick Middle School
  • Hoover Middle School
  • Marina Middle School
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School
  • Mission High School
  • Presidio Middle School
  • Roosevelt Middle School
  • Wallenberg High School
  • Washington High School

SFUSD Middle Schools Offering AVID Excel (2017-2018)

  • Aptos Middle School
  • Francisco Middle School
  • Hoover Middle School
  • James Denman Middle School
  • James Lick Middle School
  • Marina Middle School
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School
  • Presidio Middle School
  • Roosevelt Middle School

AVID Coming to the Following Schools (2018-19)

  • Bessie Carmichael K-8
  • Lowell High School
  • Paul Revere K-8
  • Willie Brown Middle School

The AVID Office is supporting additional schools to adopt the AVID Program at their sites. If you are interested in implementing AVID at your school site, contact Mary Finn, Supervisor, Office of College and Career Readiness.

AVID Student Recruitment

The following criteria will be utilized for student selection:

Ability-academic potential to succeed in college preparatory courses

  • GPA of 2.0-3.5
  • Standardized test scores between basic and advance proficiency in English language arts and math

Desire and Determination (Interview)

  • Desire to attend college
  • Willingness to undertake demanding preparation for college
  • Good attendance record
  • Appropriate classroom behavior and few or no discipline referrals
  • Willingness to give up another elective in order to reach their goals

Traditionally underserved

  • Students "in the middle" who are receiving no other services
  • Students who may be the first in their family to attend college
  • Students who may be from groups historically less likely to attend college

Criteria for AVID Excel Students

AVID Excel students are students who are classified as Long-term English Language Learners and are in grades 6-8.

Are you a current college student living in San Francisco?  Work as an AVID tutor in an SFUSD classroom.

This a paid position ($14/hour) and AVID tutors are trained and placed in SFUSD middle and high schools. Click here if you would like to apply for an AVID tutor position.