• AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

    The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. AVID places academically average students in advanced classes and provides them with an elective class that prepares them to succeed in rigorous curricula, enter mainstream activities in school, and increase their opportunities to enroll in four-year colleges.

    AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. Developed in 1980 by Mary Catherine Swanson, a San Diego Teacher, AVID_2ID has seen steady growth in the last 30 years.

    • More than 3,386 schools in 48 states and 15 foreign countries offer the AVID program.
    • More than 220,000 students have graduated from AVID programs.
    • 77% of AVID students were accepted to a four-year college in 2008.

    The purpose of AVID is to prepare students for college eligibility and success. As AVID expands to a school-wide and district-wide program, it impacts educators by increasing best practices for engaging all students and increasing college readiness across the school and district. Our district supports the AVID program in local middle and high schools by:

    • Supporting AVID in existing schools.
    • Expanding AVID to more schools and students.
    • Providing essential support to the expansion of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses.
    • Providing adequate professional development support
    • Maintaining the high quality of program and student outcomes.


    Student Goals:

    1. Academic success in college preparatory courses.
    2. Successful completion of college eligibility requirements.
    3. Enrollment in at least one honors or AP course.
    4. Enrollment in four-year college or university after high school graduation.


    Student Responsibilities:

    1. Maintain satisfactory citizenship and attendance in all classes, understanding my reputation as an AVID and college-bound student is at stake and expectation set forth for me are high.
    2. Maintain the AVID binder with assignment/grade record sheets and daily notes in all classes.
    3. Complete all homework assignments and commit to at least two hours of homework every night.
    4. Maintain enrollment in college preparatory courses.
    5. Take the AP test if enrolled in an AP class.
    6. Take the PSAT sophomore and junior years, the SAT/ACT at least once junior year.
    7. Apply to at least five colleges your junior/senior year.
    8. Participate in at least one extra-curricular activity within or outside of school.
    9. Commit to community service hours.
    10. Be a steward of my classroom, AVID program and Tartan High School.

    Click here for the AVID Application

    Please contact Tartan's AVID coordinator, Kristen Fuerst at kfuerst@isd622.org or 651.702.8769 with any questions.