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

Click on this link to see all of the data that proves AVID is working!

The Beginning

AVID began in 1980 by Mary Catherine Swanson.  The federal courts issued an order to desegregate the city's schools, bringing large numbers of inner city students to suburban schools. While applauding the decision, Swanson wondered how these underserved students would survive at academically.

Her answer was AVID, an academic elective. But it's more than a program - it's a philosophy: Hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge.


Beginning with one high school and 32 students, AVID now serves over 400,000 students in nearly 4,500 elementary and secondary schools in 47 states, the District of Columbia and across 16 countries/territories.

Policymakers and school administrators now consider AVID an essential strategy for closing the achievement gap and making the college dream accessible to all students.


The AVID Curriculum

In AVID elective class, we learn how to keep our binders organized, take Cornell Notes, participate in tutorials, and ask critical thinking questions using Costa’s Levels of Questioning. We learn how to communicate and lead class discussions in seminars and philosophical chairs, and take these leadership skills with us to other classes. All of these skills help improve our academic achievement in 7th and 8th grade.


The AVID Student

Our AVID students are learning to become successful leaders and role models in our school and community. We are looking ahead and hope to plan future fundraising opportunities so we can continue giving our AVID students all of the tools they need. If you have any ideas, or would like to volunteer to help support the AVID program, please contact SAMS or Ms. Keri Lamb.


Important Documents:


Teacher Recommendation form for AVID application

AVID Program Statement of Intent