AVID is a philosophy encompassing the idea that “effort creates ability" and is an acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.
AVID Elementary is a foundational component of the AVID College Readiness System and supports AVID’s mission and vision to provide a comprehensive model of success for all students, from elementary through higher education. Based on the same learning foundation that underlies AVID Secondary, AVID Elementary is designed to be embedded into the daily instruction of all elementary classrooms, across entire grade levels, to impact schoolwide structures. Like AVID Secondary, AVID Elementary Essentials focus on the four necessary areas to ensure that all students are poised for academic success: Instruction, Culture, Leadership, and Systems.
AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
AVID Elementary incorporates:
Student Success Skills – encompassing communication skills (e.g. listening, speaking, writing), self-advocacy skills, note-taking strategies, critical thinking, and study skills
Organizational Skills – both mental and physical; students learn to use organizational tools, as well as learn and practice skills around time management and goal-setting
WICOR Lessons – emphasize instruction on the WICOR acronym: writing to learn, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading to learn in all content areas
Partnerships – among students, classrooms, grade levels, schools, feeder patterns, families, and communities
Writing to learn
Reading to learn in all content areas