AVID helps students build skills they will need to become college graduates. Students enroll in rigorous classes and in the AVID elective. The pillars of the curriculum are strong writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading skills. For one period a day, students learn skills, such as:
How to organize schoolwork and study,
How to think critically and ask probing questions,
How to get academic help from peers (and college tutors),
How to work effectively with teachers.
Navigating the college application, scholarship, and financial aid processes
AVID students participate in activities (like Service Learning) to enrich their learning, motivate them, and make college seem possible. These students gain an improved self-image and become academic leaders who are prepared for college. All students can benefit from AVID, but its target is the least served students in the academic middle.