What is AVID?
Advancement Via Individual Determination
AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
AVID College Readiness System
Available for elementary, secondary, and higher education (K-16), is a schoolwide transformational effort focused on leadership, systems, instruction and culture, and is designed to increase the number of students who enroll and succeed in higher education and in their lives beyond high school. AVID-trained educators teach students academic and social skills to help them develop the habits and behaviors needed to succeed in rigorous curriculum. The AVID College Readiness System is a catalyst for developing a school culture that closes the expectation and opportunity gaps many students face, and prepares all students for success in a global society.
AVID Secondary Campuses
University High School
Waco High School
Cesar Chavez Middle School
G.W. Carver Middle School
Indian Spring Middle School
Tennyson Middle School
- Schoolwide impact for all students through teacher training
- Core: AVID elective class (middle school and high school grades)
- Weekly structure of curriculum & activities
The core of AVID at the high school and middle level is the AVID Elective class where students are enrolled in a school’s most rigorous classes, such as Advanced Placement® (AP) and receive support in the AVID Elective class - taught within the school day by a trained AVID teacher.
Schoolwide AVID impacts an entire school by creating a college-going culture across the campus as the majority of staff is trained in AVID strategies, and students in ALL classes are expected to use AVID methodologies, such as Cornell note-taking and group collaboration.
Waco ISD AVID Elementary Campuses
Cedar Ridge Elementary
Lake Air Montessori Magnet School
Is a foundational component for elementary sites (grades K-5), designed as an embedded, sequential academic skills resource. It is intended for non-elective, multi-subject, multi-ability level classrooms.
- Stages of AVID Elementary (Beginnings and Foundations)
- All students
- Strategies embedded throughout entire instructional day
- Collection of “best practices” embedded daily
- Focus on organization and student responsibility
- Philosophy of learning for all students
- Teaching a growth mindset to ensure college readiness and career success
Waco ISD Administration Building
501 Franklin Ave.
P.O. Box 27
Waco, Texas 76703-0027
Phone: (254) 755-9630