AVID Courses and Curriculum

AVID Elective Class


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. 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.

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 Class

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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 Elective emphasizes developing students’ academic language proficiency in all domains—reading, writing, speaking, and listening—while also developing self-determination, leadership skills, and motivation.


AVID Schoolwide

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Many schools have embraced using AVID strategies schoolwide to ensure that all students have access to supportive, rigorous curriculum.  Teachers across the content areas are trained to use key AVID strategies that support student inquiry and collaboration.



For more information about the AVID College Readiness System, please visit www.avid.org

AVID Curriculum

Key components of the AVID curriculum include:

This page was last updated on October 4, 2023