AVID College Preparatory Program

Advancement Via Individual Determination

AVIDLogoCharlottesville City Schools partners with the nationally recognized program AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) to offer services for students in grades 5–12 who demonstrate strong academic potential but may need encouragement to reach and maintain their high performance capabilities.

In addition to AVID, Charlottesville Schools partner with other organizations to help students blaze a trail to college — other partnerships include the Virginia College Advising Corps, Gear Up, and Upward Bound.

AVID Overview

AVID is an in-school college preparatory program designed to assist students in rigorous courses. Its mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID guides students toward challenging courses, including honors and Advanced Placement classes.

Collage of AVID students visiting various colleges
AVID students visiting various Virginia colleges and universities.

AVID at Walker, Buford, and CHS

At Walker Upper Elementary School, a school-wide AVID program supports the development of study skills, organization, and college readiness.

Buford Middle School and Charlottesville High School are AVID secondary sites and offer AVID elective classes. In AVID classes, students learn study skills, Cornell notes, time management, organization, test readiness, critical thinking, writing to learn, and group study skills. The AVID curriculum is used in content area classrooms as well as in the required AVID elective class. Outside the classroom, AVID provides college campus visits and more. Students develop ideas to impact their world and gain the resources to put them in action through shark-tank style pitch events with partners such as the CFA Institute and the Tom-Tom Founders Festival.

New classroom to support AVID and the Student Investment Group made possible by CFA Institute. Photo courtesy CFA Institute.
New classroom to support AVID and the Student Investment Group made possible by CFA Institute. Photo courtesy CFA Institute.

At CHS, the AVID program is part of the CHS/CFA Institute Finance Academy.  Through the generosity of the CFA Institute, one of the AVID classrooms at CHS was renovated to support collaboration and new technology.

AVID Parents

AVID parents play an important role in supporting their students. They come to meetings and join us when we go on college/university visits. They serve as chaperones and get a chance to see colleges first hand. It helps open doors for families where their CCS student might be the first college student in their family.

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