Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a 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 targets students who are typically under-represented in four year colleges, students in the academic middle (2.0-3.5), and those who may be the first generation in the family to attend college. All AVID students who have the desire to take part in this ongoing elective course are required to complete an application and take part in an interview prior to being selected. For more information on the nation-wide success of this 30+ year old program, visit

In its seventh year in ACPS, more than 460 AVID students are enrolled for 2015-2016 across the division at Francis C. Hammond, George Washington, and T.C. Williams. Approximately twenty seventh grade students at Jefferson-Houston will also take part in its first year of the AVID elective. Wrapping up another milestone this year, once again, 100% of AVID seniors have been accepted to two- or four-year colleges and plan to attend. Out of the 16 seniors, seven were awarded Scholarship Fund of Alexandria (SFA) scholarships worth more than $21,000. Looking forward, the AVID Class of 2016 will graduate more than two times the seniors from 2015, with two classes including 42 students. ACPS AVID continues to increase by recruiting and enrolling an additional 10% each year.

Minnie Howard AVID students celebrate their tutors at the end of the school year.

AVID Seeking Tutors

AVID teams are seeking tutors who can commit to tutoring for the year during the school day. Tutors are expected to support small group inquiry-based practices to help encourage higher order thinking. Training will be provided throughout the year. Noted as the single most important influential component during the AVID elective course, AVID tutoring takes place during 40% of the week long course. College age students are encouraged to apply. Check out the Careers tab on the ACPS website.

AVID Expands to Jefferson-Houston

ACPS is excited to announce the expansion of the AVID secondary elective to Jefferson-Houston secondary students. A single cohort of seventh grade students will begin the AVID elective at the start of the 2015-2016 school year. Students have received their honorary t-shirt and are ready to get started! Wishing JH AVID the best of luck during their kickoff year!

Jefferson-Houston kicks off their inaugural year in AVID in the fall of 2015.


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Did you know AVID students are required to regularly take part in community service?

Contact Information

Jodie Peters
AVID District Director/Reading and Writing for Secondary Success
Alexandria City Public Schools
1801 W. Braddock Road
Alexandria, VA 22302
Tel: 703-824-6784