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

AVID's Ruth Marco Scholarship Senior Awardee, Ms. Ana Blanco being presented by donor, Mrs. Ruth Kane.

In its sixth year in ACPS, AVID will boast an estimated 430 6th-12th graders for the 2014-2015 school year. Both Francis C. Hammond Middle School and George Washington Middle School have an estimated enrollment between 95-130 students in the AVID elective. At T.C. Williams High School, 9-11 will support cohorts of approximately 60-80 at each grade level. We look forward to the class of 2015 to graduate 18 AVID seniors. Most of these students have been with AVID since its inception in 2009. The overall enrollment exceeds the ACPS AVID system's goal of a 10% growth from SY2013.

AVID Parent Engagement

In an effort to team with AVID parents, each AVID site team is offering quarterly parent engagement workshops. Learn about current student success, how to read standardized scores, and tips for preparing high schoolers for the college entrance process. December sessions include GW's AVID Silent Auction on December 10th and FCH's AVID Family Fun Night on December 11th. T.C. AVID site team invites parents to the numerous workshops being conducted by the School Counseling Team related to ACT/SAT scores and FAFSA completion. If you are a current AVID parent and want to join your child's AVID site team, please contact the AVID site coordinator at your child's school.

College Campus Visits

Across the AVID systems at FCH, GW, and T.C. Williams, students have visited more than six colleges or universities so far this year. As an integral part of the AVID elective curricular, students learn about and visit small and large, rural and urban, and private and public institutions that all offer a very different feel for students once they step foot on campus. Students are taught "you gotta visit to know," so students take part in college trips each quarter, typically more than 16 higher education visits after four or more years of AVID.

Jefferson-Houston AVID Expansion

Plans are in the works to expand the AVID secondary elective to Jefferson-Houston secondary students. Informational overviews will be held in December for Jefferson-Houston staff, students and parents. Pending ACPS budget approval, a single cohort of students will begin the AVID elective at the start of the 2015-2016 school year after being selected through the required recruitment process. It is expected that approximately 20 Jefferson-Houston middle schoolers will have the opportunity to take part in the pilot year expansion.

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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