Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

  • AVID 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 35+ year old program, visit the AVID website.

    More than 500 ACPS students are enrolled in AVID for 2016-17 at Francis C. Hammond Middle School, George Washington Middle School, Jefferson-Houston School and T.C. Williams High School. AVID has now been extended to elementary school at Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology.

    More than 90 percent of all AVID 6-12 students are enrolled in advanced coursework, or an honors, advanced placement, or dual enrollment course this year. With student retention on the rise, cohorts have nearly doubled since inception in grades 9-12. As a result, additional sections have opened for school year 2016-17.

    Class of 2016 Seniors


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


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