Advancement Via Individual Determination AVID Advancement Via Individual Determination

AVID is a college preparatory elective program for students "in the middle" who have the potential to succeed in higher education. As a means of expanding advanced educational opportunities for more students, AVID was introduced at Poudre High School and in several junior high schools in Poudre School District beginning in the fall of 2003. The AVID program is based on techniques and philosophy developed by Mary Catherine Swanson, an English teacher at Claremont High School in San Diego, California over 20 years ago. Students who have participated in the AVID program have had an extraordinary rate of success in gaining entry into four-year colleges and universities.

What is AVID at Poudre High School?

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.  The target student population for the AVID program is students with a 2.5 - 3.2 GPA who have a strong desire to improve his or her study skills in preparation to apply to a four-year college.  Preference is given to students who will be the first in his or her family to attend college.  Students should have good attendance, an optimistic outlook, and feel as though access to tutoring and working with like-minded students would be beneficial.  This elective course is open to incoming freshmen and sophmores through an application and interview process. In ninth grade, those students who are accepted into the AVID program will have AVID in place of freshman seminar. Contact Lori Davis at 488-6142 with questions.

Application for AVID                       Returning AVID Contract

For more information, contact Lori Davis at 488-6142, lorid@psdschools.org