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.

It's Recruitment Season

The recruitment season is here. AVID site teams at each school are busy planning recruitment efforts targeting students in the academic middle who are eager to learn more about how to be college ready. Teams have planned AVID orientation meetings at their schools and will follow-up with a parent information session during the months of January and February. Please look for more information in your school's newsletter or calendar of events. AVID personnel will also be at each school's elective fair taking. All interested students are required to complete an application and take part in an interview before the team confirms complete enrollment. If your son or daughter meets the above criteria mentioned and would like to learn more about the AVID elective, please contact Quanda Fudd at Francis C. Hammond Middle School, Stephanie Smith at George Washington Middle School or Rhea Butler at T.C. Williams High 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