• Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in and complete a degree at four-year colleges, focusing on students in the academic middle.


    AVID is a program that is funded by the state and targets potential college students.

    AVID classes prepare students for college by teaching them study and organizational skills.

    AVID students are enrolled in advanced-level college preparatory courses and are given academic support through tutors.  AVID is a program designed to prepare students who have a willingness to learn and work hard toward four-year college eligibility.

     AVID is an elective class at WMS.  AVID helps to place students in a more personally challenging course load supported by specialized tutoring and lessons on organizational and study skills. Each semester the AVID class will visit a college campus and experience, for that day, what college is like.

    AVID Facts:

    • AVIDstands for Advancement Via Individual D
    • AVID was founded by Mary Catherine Swanson in 1980 at Clairemont High School in the San Diego Unified School District.
    • AVID prepares students for four-year college entry.
    • AVID serves over 30,000 students throughout California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Asia, Central America, Europe, Middle East, and the Pacific.
    • Since 1990, over 20,000 students have graduated from AVID programs.
    • Over 93% of AVID's graduates enroll in college.
    • AVID graduates persist in college at an 89 % rate.
    • Over 60% of the AVID graduates enroll in four-year colleges. The AVID network of schools includes over 900 sites.

    Some of AVID's awards include the Salute to Excellence Award for Staff Development and Leadership from the National Council of States on Inservice Education, the Dana Foundation Award for Pioneering Achievement in Education, and the A+ Award from the U.S. Department of Education for Efforts to Reach the National Education Goals