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AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

AVID, stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination is an academic system dedicated to closing the expectation gap and opportunity gap so all CISD students are prepared and ready for college and career.  AVID comes from the Latin root avidus, meaning “eager for knowledge.” A well-developed AVID system restructures the teaching methods of an entire school and opens access to rigorous curricula, raising advanced-level course enrollments and increasing the number of students attending college.

AVID began in CISD in 2021 and aligns with specific campus goals to accelerate and enhance the work already occurring daily.

The mission of AVID is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.   

AVID, a campus-wide college readiness support system is offered at Crandall High School campus.  In the AVID elective class, students use writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading strategies to enable them to master rigorous academic coursework and prepare for post-secondary success.  In addition, organizational skills such as goal setting, note taking, and time management are emphasized, and support for success in advanced courses and college readiness is offered in Socratic tutorial sessions.  Students who demonstrate academic potential and determination are identified and then must apply for the AVID elective class.  AVID Site Coordinators/Teams review student applications and with AVID Student Ambassadors interview students to determine who would most benefit being an AVID student.

AVID Secondary

AVID Secondary for grades 7-12 equips students with skills to best prepare them for college and career.  For one elective period a day, student receive additional academic, social and emotional support that will help them succeed in required rigorous courses.  Student must maintain a GPA of 2.0 to 3.5, enroll in at least one rigorous class each term, desire to be campus leaders and then apply and interview before being accepted into the AVID Secondary course.  Students accepted into AVID must set high expectations and are given the support they need to prepare for and thrive in postsecondary opportunities.

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