AVID College Preparatory Program

Advancement Via Individual Determination

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

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.

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, 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.

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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