AVID, an acronym for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is an international program which helps prepare students for college. This program is an academic, regularly scheduled elective class, during the school day, based on writing as a tool of learning, the inquiry method, and collaborative grouping. Focus on tutoring, reading and organization is included, as well. Students are required to complete an AVID application and be interviewed by AVID site team members, usually in the spring, before the following school year. AVID's main focus is to help VLMS students reach their academic goals and begin working toward continuing their education after high school.

Varsity Lakes Middle School is an AVID certified school!! Please contact your teacher with any questions. 

Who is an AVID Student?

AVID students are students in the academic middle, capable of completing a college preparatory path with support. These students often are not realizing their full potential academically. In the identification process a number of criteria are considered, including:

  • State Test Scores
  • Grades
  • Citizenship
  • Attendance
  • Desire and Determination
  • First in Family to Attend College
  • Historically Underrepresented in 4-year Colleges
  • Economically Disadvantaged
  • Other Special Circumstances

While all of the criteria are considered for acceptance into the program, no single criteria will necessarily eliminate a student from consideration. The AVID program should reflect the demographics of the school it is serving.

Students participating in special education, gifted and talented programs, and ELL will be considered for AVID based on the criteria listed above. Currently, there are a number of students from these groups successfully participating in the AVID program.

What are the Student Requirements?

AVID students must:

  • attend an AVID elective class
  • enroll in one or more advanced academic class (Pre-AP or AP at the High School level and honors classes at the Middle Level) each semester
  • maintain satisfactory citizenship and attendance in all classes
  • maintain the AVID binder with assignment/grade record sheets and daily notes in all classes
  • complete all homework assignments and commit to studying every night

What AVID Is:

  • an acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination
  • an in-school academic support program for grades 4 – 12 that prepares students for college eligibility and success
  • for all students, but it targets those in the academic middle
  • implemented school-wide and district-wide

What AVID Is Not:

  • a remedial program
  • a free ride
  • a school within a school
  • a quick fix
  • an affirmative action program

Students who are interested in joining AVID will need contact your Language Arts teacher.  

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