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    AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. AVID instructional strategies and the AVID elective course helps students learn the skills necessary to be prepared for and potentially take honors and AP classes in high school with the eventual outcome of attending a four-year college. For the 2020-21 school year, CHISD is expanding AVID to the incoming sixth grade scholars at Permenter Middle School, and Bessie Coleman Middle School and 9th graders entering Cedar Hill High School. For more information about the program visit www.avid.org.


    AVID prepares students to complete a rigorous high school curriculum to prepare them for college and career. The AVID elective class is designed to increase students’ achievement, develop skills in writing for learning, achieve success in honors and AP classes, and become effective learners in groups.  

    • AVID places academically average students in advanced classes.
    • AVID levels the playing field for minority, rural, low-income and other students without a college-going tradition in their families.
    • AVID is for all students, but it targets those in the academic middle.


    What AVID is NOT

    • AVID is not a remedial program.
    • AVID is not a free ride.
    • AVID is not a niche program.
    • AVID is not a college outreach program.

    However, the strategies used in the AVID Elective class are great for schoolwide improvement.


    AVID Activities

    • Learn with trained tutors
    • Celebrate achievements
    • Manage grades
    • Write to learn for all classes
    • Develop success strategies
    • Visit college campuses
    • Apply for college
    • Plan for a professional career


    Who can be in AVID? 

     Students with Academic Potential

    • Average to high test scores
    • 2.0-3.5 GPA
    • College potential with support

    Meets One or More of the Following Criteria

    • First in their family to attend college
    • Historically underserved in four-year colleges
    • Low income
    • Special Circumstances




                 Permenter scholars