AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system for elementary through post secondary that is designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance.
AVID is...
  • Research-based, with proven results of student achievement
  • A direct support structure for first-generation college-goers
  • A catalyst for systemic reform and change
  • Develops students as readers and writers
  • Teaches specific strategies for critical thinking and higher-level inquiry 
  • Provides support, so students can meet high expectations 
  • Influences the belief system, culture and instructional strategies of a campus
  • Provides meaningful and motivating professional development
In Highline Public Schools, AVID:
  • Serves high-potential, low-income and first generation students through an elective class
  • Requires that students also take at least one AP or IB course
  • Includes an intensive tutoring program that supports students in their rigorous academic courses
  • Provides students with skills around organization, studying and critical thinking 
  • Builds a community of peer support
  • Engages students in college campus visits and planning around postsecondary options 


Janet Blanford
Director of Secondary Success and College Readiness