The mission of AVID is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global academy.
AVID in Minneapolis Public Schools
AVID is a Fourth-Twelfth grade system to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.
AVID is an elective class where students focus on:
Students also learn strategies in organization, note taking, and goal setting to enhance skills and access curriculum in preparation for college. Students participate in a group tutoring process, go on field trips, including college visits, test prep, team building, service learning and research. While enrolled in AVID, students are co-enrolled in an advanced level course where they apply skills and strategies learned in AVID. For more information on its nearly 30 year history, go to their website at www.avid.org.
The AVID Student
AVID targets students in the academic middle, who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track. View some pictures of AVID students in action!
Student Selection Process
To apply for participation in the program follow these steps:
MPS offers AVID in six-twelfth grade. AVID is currently offered in all seven high schools and twelve middle school programs in Minneapolis.Currently AVID is offered at:
Please refer to the Coordinator Contact List to make contact with individual sites.