Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

RMS prepares students for a global community through the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. AVID is a college readiness elective designed to help students in the academic middle—especially those who will be the first in their family to attend college—prepare for and succeed in college. AVID accelerates student learning using research-based methods for instruction and motivation to succeed. AVID is both an everyday elective and a building-wide initiative, incorporating AVID strategies throughout the day for all students. RMS students are college bound thanks to the wonderful work of our AVID teachers.

AVID is a program for students who have a GPA of 2.0-3.5 and a strong desire to go to a four-year college or university. Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served students in the academic middle. Students in the program take the AVID class at the same time they are enrolled in rigorous courses. The class focuses on writing, critical thinking, collaboration, reading, note-taking, study skills and college/career/motivational activities. Students are expected to keep an organized binder and take notes in every class every day of the week. Tutors are in the AVID class twice per week.


AVID Recruitment Week is January 13-17. Middle School and High School AVID recruitment & selection is a combined effort for the 2020-2021 school year.  


What is AVID?  

AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college.The mission of AVID is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. This happens through curriculum strategies used building-wide by all teachers and through an elective class for a specific group of students.


Who are AVID students?

The typical AVID students are in the academic middle (A, B, and C students), have the desire to go to college and willingness to work hard.  


AVID elective students:

  • Have average to high test scores
  • Have a 2.0-3.5 GPA 
  • Have college potential with support
  • Exhibit desire and determination


AVID elective students meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • First to attend college
  • Underrepresented in 4-year colleges
  • Low income
  • Special circumstances (such as sudden loss of parent, etc.)

How do you apply for AVID? 

  • January 13-17: AVID applications will be available for the 2020-2021 7th, 8th, & 9th grade classes during lunches at middle schools, in the Guidance Offices, and from current AVID teachers and coordinators (an electronic version is available below this information, as well).
  • January 29: Applications due in Guidance Offices in AVID baskets (teacher recommendations can also be turned into the Guidance Offices).
  • February 3-7: Casual interviews with students who applied will be held at middle schools.
  • February 13: Letters stating acceptance status will be sent home


What do you do in AVID? 

In middle school, AVID targets academically promising students (GPA of 2.0-4.0) and prepares and supports them for rigorous coursework.  Once in high school, through the support of the AVID elective class, AVID students are then placed in advanced classes in preparation for college.  Students participate in inquiry-based tutorials with tutors twice a week, work on WICOR curriculum throughout the week (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading), and participate in fun events, like college visits and field trips.  Students sign a contract stating they will maintain strong grades, reliable attendance, positive behavior, and a good attitude in order to be a part of the program, all of which are needed to not only to get into college, but also to succeed while there in earning a degree. 


Middle School AVID Application


RMS: Peggy Marvin, 763-504-7528, Peggy_Marvin@rdale.org

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