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.

AVID School-Wide Taking Hold

George Washington Middle School's AVID site team has excelled in their implementation in the past few years. A frame for supporting rigorous academic success for all students, AVID has taken hold at this site and the team hopes to infuse college readiness skills and systems school-wide with teachers and students. After the Certification Self-Study evaluation, this site is being recommended as a "highly certified" site based on this year's efforts. Congratulations, George Washington.

Additionally, the ACPS AVID System was selected to serve as an AVID showcase site for the 2014-2015 school year for other local divisions interested in starting up AVID in their schools.

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Contact Information

Jodie Peters
AVID District Director/IB MYP Division Coordinator
Alexandria City Public Schools
1508 Mount Vernon Avenue/ALL Center
Alexandria, VA 22301
Tel: 703-824-6680