Skip to main content
logo in banner
phone icon
Main Office
Fax 612-668-2460
graduation cap icon
Middle School 6th-8th Grade
stick pin icon
256 Upton Ave. S.
Minneapolis 55405
clock icon
8:40am - 3:10pm


All about AVID

Welcome to AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

The mission of AVID is to ensure that all students, especially middle-performing students, will:

  • Succeed in the most rigorous curriculum
  • Enter the mainstream activities of the school
  • Increase their enrollment in four-year colleges, and
  • Become educated, responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.

What is AVID?

AVID is an elective program designed to help students prepare for and succeed in colleges and universities. Students in the program commit themselves to improvement and preparation for college. AVID offers a rigorous program of instruction in academic “survival skills” and college-level entry skills.  The instruction focuses on teaching students:  organizational skills (binder use, etc.); study skills; critical reading; the writing process; taking Cornell Notes; and time management skills. Students participate in collaborative study groups or tutorials led by tutors who use skillful questioning to bring students to a higher level of understanding.  Many believe that AVID is the most successful program in the nation for preparing students for college. This class will challenge the student to be responsible, organized, and to be a self-directed learner.  Therefore, there are HIGH expectations on each AVID student.  A strong emphasis of the program is on "individual determination," thus participation must be voluntary both by the student and the parents.


  • Student with Academic Potential
  • Average to high test scores; 2.0-3.5 GPA
  • College Potential with support
  • Desire and Determination
  • Students who are motivated 

Meets One or More of the Following Criteria:

  • First to attend college
  • Historically underserved in four-year colleges
  • Low Income
  • Special Circumstances

Common Misconceptions

AVID isn't a remedial program.
AVID isn't a free ride.
AVID isn't a college outreach program.

The AVID Curriculum

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, and reading. AVID curriculum is used in AVID elective classes, in content-area classes in AVID schools, and even in schools where the AVID elective is not offered.

What is Required of an AVID Student?

  • Students must maintain enrollment in rigorous honors courses with at least a "C" average or better along with satisfactory attendance and behavior.
  • Students must keep track of assignments and are required to take DAILY Cornell notes in all academic classes. 
  • Led by college tutors, students participate in tutorial groups in the AVID classroom.  The tutorial is a significant part of the student grade, and a key ingredient for success in other classes, thus positive participation is critical.
  • Students must demonstrate that they are keeping up with all of their classes, including keeping an Organized BINDER; completing 2 TRF's/week; weekly reading/writing assignments; revising/revisiting Cornell Notes; writing weekend Learning Logs; Reflections/Journal writing (when applicable); homework; 
  • Please see the Family Letter/Expectations for further details.

Contact Us
Are you a current student/family of the school? No Yes
Preferred method of communication
Phone Email
Thank you for requesting information. We will respond shortly.
256 Upton Ave. S.
Minneapolis 55405
Main Office
Fax 612-668-2460
return to page top icon