Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

Effective organizational and study habits are essential for student success in high school and college.
–Bellevue School District Educator

AVID provides students with organizational, study, and inquiry tools to enhance their learning and performance.

AVID IS…an in-school academic support program that prepares students for college and success.

  • …a path for academically-average students to challenge themselves with advanced classes.
  • …a way to level the playing field for minority, low-income and students without a college-going tradition in their families.
  • …implemented school-wide and district-wide.
  • …for all students, but it targets those in the academic middle.

AVID ISN’T…a remedial program, a free ride, or a college outreach program.

Bellevue Schools Foundation funds AVID to serve middle- and high-school students. Students who take the AVID elective course work with AVID-trained teachers, AVID coaches, and have opportunities to explore college prospects. All students in middle and high school benefit from AVID professional development for staff and district-wide incorporation of AVID strategies in classrooms. AVID helps students—especially those who will be the first in their families to attend college—learn study strategies that prepare them for success.

Program Outcomes

AVID student enrollment in AP/IB courses, high school graduation rates, and college application and acceptance rates will be tracked.

The results change lives! In 2017, 52% of AVID seniors qualified for free or reduced-price lunch, a measure of poverty, as compared to the district-wide rate of 19%. However, 100% of these AVID seniors took one or more AP/IB courses, 100% graduated from high school, and 100% of AVID seniors were accepted into college and plan to attend fall 2017.

Timeline:  September 2017August 2018

Donor Investment 2017–2018   $20,000