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 fifth year in ACPS, AVID will boast an estimated 410 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 100-120 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 16 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 6 Expansion for 2014-2015

We are excited to be offering the AVID elective to students in grade 6 beginning in the fall of 2014. Interested students from all elementary schools applied and took part in panel interviews in April 2014. More than 60 students were carefully selected and will become part of the AVID family at their zoned middle school in the fall. Rising sixth graders who are still interested in the elective course are encouraged to apply next year.

Tutors Needed

ACPS is seeking college-age students who are interested in tutoring 10-20 hours per week in the AVID elective classroom at either the middle school or high school level. Training and hourly pay will be provided. Tutors will be expected to meet daily obligations of facilitating small group content-focused groups during the school day. Please visit the ACPS vacancies page and click on "support staff" and then "tutors" to learn more about this unique opportunity and to apply online.

ACPS Touted at "Highly Certified Sites"

AVID Center recently released certification status for all 4,800+ schools in the world. Francis C. Hammond Middle School, George Washington Middle School, and T.C. Williams High School have all been awarded the "highly certified" status, a step above last year's "certified" rating. Schools have been working hard to implement the appropriate processes and systems to ensure that students are taking rigorous classes, increasing overall achievement, and are college ready. Each year, schools are assessed through the use of the AVID 11 Essentials, standards by which the system has been developed and expected for implementation. Schools are currently working to enhance systems across the schools so that the AVID mission of "closing the achievement by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society" can be achieved.

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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