AVID Program

AVID’s Mission

To close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. Benicia Unified School District offers the AVID Program in grades 8 through 12. While most AVID students continue through the program each year, applications are accepted year round to add students to the program if/as space is available.

What is AVID?

  • AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) is an academic support system that accelerates student learning and prepares students for success in four-year universities.
  • AVID places academically average students in advanced classes to ensure that they are achieving at the highest level of academic success possible.
  • AVID focuses on the most rigorous possible curriculum and aligns with the Common Core Standards
  • AVID offers tutoring, college and career exploration, mentoring and opportunities for leadership development.
  • AVID is for students who are serious about succeeding in school and who want to make a productive contribution to their community.

Who is an AVID Student?

AVID students are students in the academic middle, capable of completing a college preparatory path with support. These students often are not realizing their full potential academically. In the identification process, a number of criteria are considered, including:
  • Grades and assessment scores
  • Citizenship
  • Attendance
  • Desire and Determination
  • First in Family to Attend College
  • Historically Underrepresented in 4-year Colleges
  • Economically Disadvantaged
  • Other Special Circumstances

While all of the criteria are considered for acceptance into the program, no single criteria will necessarily eliminate a student from consideration. AVID is NOT an intervention program or remediation program.

Who is an AVID Student?

AVID brings research-based strategies and curriculum to educational institutions. The AVID System annually provides educators with training and methodologies that develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas. AVID students take the AVID elective course to learn skills in 5 main areas that are put to use in all classes and studying: Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading (WICOR). Tutorials occur every Tuesday and Thursday during the AVID Elective class period. This is an opportunity to get help in areas or for specific concepts students are struggling with. AVID is not just another program… at its heart, AVID is a philosophy: Hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge.
For more information about AVID at BHS, contact the Counseling Office or AVID Site Coordinator, Brianna Kleinschmidt at bkleinschmidt@beniciaunified.org 
For more information about the AVID Program, visit the AVID Website: http://www.avid.org/
Applications are accepted year round for entry into the 9th, 10th, and 11th grade classes as space becomes available.  2016-17 Applications

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