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Advancement Via Individual Determination

  At the secondary grade levels, AVID is an approved elective course taken during the school day. Students are usually selected to enroll in an AVID class after an application process. For one class period a day, they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing question, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. Students enrolled in AVID are typically required to enroll in at least one of their schools toughest classes, such as an Honors or an AP class in addition to the AVID elective. As students progress in AVID, their self-images improve, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.

The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and senior high school teachers in  collaboration with college professors. It is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading. AVID curriculum is used in AVID elective classes and in content-area classes (English language arts, math, science, and social studies) in AVID schools.

AVID Deadlines:

AVID Student Application


Ms. Campbell

Ms. Ericksen

Mr. Herman

Ms. Hoeger


Mr. Bergman

Mr. Glass

Ms. Krueger

Ms. Laas

Ms. Shaw



The high school AVID program (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a research-based curriculum that aims to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID has proven results of higher student achievement, strong enrollment in AP courses and increased college acceptances for underrepresented populations. The AVID program is focused on students who are traditionally underserved in college, particularly those who would be the fi rst in their family to attend college; however, AVID is open to all students who wish to apply and would benefi t from the AVID coursework. Candidates for AVID should maintain college eligible grades, have a desire to challenge themselves, and possess a strong interest in attending college after high school. AVID is designed for motivated and determined students who intend to pursue a four-year college degree. The AVID elective class in grades 9-12 has a core curriculum that revolves around Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading (WICOR). Students at all grade levels learn academic and social skills that help develop the habits and behaviors necessary to succeed in rigorous high school and college curriculum. Coursework allows students to practice and refi ne skills in Cornell note taking methods, time ma public presentations. Additionally students gain career and college knowledge as well as entrance and placement exam test taking strategies. AVID students regularly work with peer study groups and college age academic tutors in a tutorial process that allows participants to strengthen content knowledge, practice questioning strategies, and lead discussions.