Gus Garcia Young Men's Leadership Academy


What is AVID?

Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, is a 4th through 12th grade in-school support program that prepares students in the academic middle for more rigorous coursework, such as Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement courses, and four-year college eligibility and success.

Offered as an elective class during the regular school day, students receive teacher instruction, tutor-led study groups, academic strategies, and motivational activities.

The Student Success Path shows students in grades sixth through eighth how to work successfully with their teachers, take effective notes, organize academic binders, and work collaboratively with peers and others. These efforts are to prepare students for high school and postsecondary success.

AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. Ninety-five percent of AVID students attend college.

  • AVID students are expected to keep an ORGANIZED binder, which will be graded weekly. It will need to include notes from all content-area classes, and will be counted as a test grade.
  • AVID students are required to keep a planner. All daily assignments and objectives must be written in the planner, and parents must sign the planner each week.
  • AVID students will receive tutoring twice a week, and must come prepared with questions related to assignments for which they need additional help understanding.
  • AVID students are required to maintain a professional personal appearance at all times.