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Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

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Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a copyrighted, internationally-recognized college preparatory system designed to support students for success in advanced academics and for eligibility and future success in college. AVID is a systemic approach that supports Volusia County Schools' goal: Increase achievement for each and every student. 

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

AVID strategies have been refined to comprise 11 essential components.

  1. Student selection focuses on students in the middle academically;
  2. Voluntary program participation by students and staff;
  3. AVID elective offered during school day;
  4. Enrollment in rigorous curriculum;
  5. Writing curriculum; 
  6. Inquiry emphasis; 
  7. Collaboration;
  8. Trained tutors;
  9. Data collection and analysis;
  10. School or District resources committed;
  11. Active, inter-disciplinary site team.

Tutor Information

AVID tutors work in the AVID elective class directly under the supervision of an AVID-trained teacher. Tutors facilitate collaborative groups of middle or high school students to enhance students' use of higher-order thinking skills to solve problems. This method guides student to do their own problem-solving with a tutor's encouragement. AVID tutors do not do the work for students.

Expectations of the AVID tutor:

  • Work conscientiously and dependably; 
  • Complete 16 hours of AVID tutoring methodology; 
  • Adhere to an established weekly schedule for tutoring; 
  • Ensure you have reliable transportation; 
  • Maintain a professional demeanor with student groups.

Tutors perform the following tasks:

  • Model examples of personal excellence, a passion for the college experience; 
  • Facilitate tutorials in small subject area groups; 
  • Review student learning logs, Cornell notes, class discussion points, and AVID binders; 
  • Assist students with various phases of the writing process; 
  • Guide student response groups to respond to individual student questions; 
  • Become familiar with the AVID library and resources; 
  • Communicate frequently and openly with the AVID teacher regarding student progress and areas of concern; 
  • Maintain accurate timesheets.

Tutor Training:

Tutors needing to complete the required 16 hours of training are encouraged to complete a combination of face-to-face and online modules offered by the AVID district office and trained site coordinators. Tutors must be granted a district sign-on to complete the course.