AVID

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Advancement Via Individual Determination

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a nonprofit that changes lives by helping schools shift to a more equitable, student-centered approach. We train 85,000 educators annually to close the opportunity gap, so they can prepare all students for college, careers, and life.

Our nation’s schools are full of students who possess a desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard, but many of them do not truly have the opportunity to be college-ready. These are often the students who will be the first in their families to attend college or are from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. AVID Secondary equips teachers and schools with what they need to help these students succeed on a path to college and career success.

To address this need, AVID has developed the AVID Elective course which is an Honors level course within BCPS. For one period a day, students receive the additional academic, social, and emotional support that will help them succeed in their school’s most rigorous courses.  Over 50% of AVID students at CMS go on to BCPS magnet program such as Carver and Western.  All AVID students are expected to complete at least ONE AP course by the end of their Junior Year.