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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. 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, designed to fulfill the requirements needed for entry into college. AVID students have the potential for academic success in these courses, with the 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.

Although AVID was originally designed for students who are academically "under-represented," students that have the individual determination, want to be challenged in rigorous course work and prepare for college, are encouraged to apply to be part of AVID in the Boise School District. Contact the AVID Site Coordinator at your junior high or high school to find out more about applying for AVID. College Going and Retention Data of the Boise School District AVID graduates: Of 424 AVID high school graduates (2010-2016) -326 (77%) entered college the fall after high school -19 have graduated with various degrees -254 are still enrolled in college -273 (64%) are still enrolled or have graduated For other information about AVID, contact:

Teresa Iglesias: teresa.iglesias@boiseschools.org If you are interested in being an AVID Tutor contact Patti Bellan: patricia.bellan@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.