AVID Program

Advancement Via Individual Determination


What is AVID?

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges. The Edison High School AVID program currently has 69 students in grades 10-12. This diverse group of selected students is;

  • enrolled in the AVID elective class
  • enrolled in rigorous academic courses (International Baccalaureate)
  • involved in extra-curricular sports and activities
  • gaining knowledge and leadership skills
  • supported by an AVID mentor

Who enrolls in AVID?

Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served students in the academic middle. The formula is simple - raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge. AVID students are enrolled in the 9th grade and remain in the AVID program until they graduate from high school.

When are the AVID students selected?

Students who are interested in the AVID program must participate in the selection process which includes an application and interview. The selection process takes place between February and May.

Where does AVID take place?

Students enrolled in the AVID program take the AVID elective during the school day as part of their academic schedule. There are AVID activities and events such as but not limited; leadership, team-building, community-involvement, and college field trips that take place off-campus, during non-school hours.

Why would a student apply for AVID?

Since 1990, more than 65,300 AVID students have graduated from high school and planned to attend college. Of the 2009 AVID graduates, 92 percent planned to attend college; 60 percent to a four-year college and 32 percent to a two-year college. The AVID program provides substantial information and support for students who are interested in attending college. 100% of the AVID class of 2010 intends to attend college and many have already been accepted.