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AVID ( Advancement Via Individual Determination )

Olson AVID Mission:
The mission of AVID is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global academy.

AVID in Minneapolis Public Schools
AVID is a Fourth-Twelfth grade system to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.

AVID is an elective class where students focus on:

  • Writing
  • Inquiry
  • Collaboration
  • Reading

Students also learn strategies in organization, note taking, and goal setting to enhance skills and access curriculum in preparation for college. Students participate in a group tutoring process, go on field trips, including college visits, test prep, team building, service learning and research. While enrolled in AVID, students are co-enrolled in an advanced level course where they apply skills and strategies learned in AVID.

The AVID Student
AVID targets students in the academic middle, who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track.

Student Selection Process
To apply for participation in the program follow these steps:

  • Contact the school's AVID Coordinator, AVID Teacher or Counselor to get an application.
  • An interview will be scheduled with the Coordinator, AVID teacher and site team members.
  • Student and parent will be notified regarding participation.
  • Student and parent will sign an AVID Participation Contract.
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