AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) System

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a proven college readiness system, established over 35 years ago, that uses research-based strategies and curriculum to help close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID is a school-wide approach to curriculum and rigor that impacts more than 1.2 million students in K-12 and 40 post-secondary institutions. The Boise School District first implemented AVID at Fairmont Junior High in 2006. Since then, the AVID system has been implemented in every junior high and high school in the Boise School District. In addition, elementary students are being exposed to AVID strategies such as focused note-taking, binder organization and WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading) strategies.   AVID is a system for “academic middle to upper academic middle” students. However, AVID students must be hard working, have a positive attitude, and be collaborative in nature. They must also have a strong desire to attend school beyond high school and have the Individual Determination to do what it takes to get there. AVID students are placed into college preparatory classes (Acc./AP), designed to fulfill the requirements needed for entry into college. AVID students have the potential for academic success in these courses, but need support from teachers, AVID students and university tutors. The true motivation to succeed in AVID, as well as in all classes, comes from students themselves.

AVID students are typically the “under-represented” racially, culturally, or economically, at colleges and universities. “Under-represented” groups may also include students who come from a low-income family, a single parent family, or a family with parents who are not college graduates. Although  AVID  was designed for students who are academically “under-represented,” students can still be part of AVID in the Boise School District, even if they don't fall under the above criteria. These AVID students fall under the "Special Circumstance" category that AVID has in place.The total number of students enrolled in AVID in the Boise School District has increased significantly over the years. There are currently 1,367 students enrolled in AVID for the 2016-17 school year. Contact the AVID Site Coordinator at your junior high or high school to find out more about applying for AVID. For other information about AVID, contact:

Teresa Iglesias at teresa.iglesias@boiseschools.org If you are interested in being an AVID Tutor contact Drew Lingle at drew.lingle@boiseschools.org For information on how you can support the AVID program go to: www.boiseschoolsfoundation.com.

Click the image below to watch and listen to the first graduating class of AVID students explain how AVID has helped prepare them for post-secondary success.


Click the image below to watch and listen to students and teachers explain how AVID helps prepare students for college, career and citizenship.

To read about the success of AVID in the Boise School District, visit
the Boise School District Home Page and click on Dr. Coberly's Data Points.