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

About AVID at Champaign Unit 4

What is AVID? Advancement Via Individual Determination is a support system to assist with a school wide approach to provide educators with a variety of levels of instruction to support, guide and prepare all students for college and careers. It also strengthens family involvement in the educational system.

AVID students take rigorous, college preparatory courses and are given support through their AVID tutors and AVID Elective Teachers. Students are exposed to college culture through AVID’s curriculum, field trips, guest speakers, and college tours.

Activities for AVID Step-Up juniors include ACT Preparation, informational college presentations from University of Illinois, Parkland College, and various colleges and universities. This is done by providing guest speakers and campus tours.

AVID support system is developed to help teachers, counselors, and administrators integrate high-engagement AVID strategies across the entire campus. These tools will support educators as they implement, refine, and assess WICOR strategies (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) school wide.

AVID Elementary students have AVID school wide.  It can be utilized as a tool to clarify thoughts, explore possibilities and develop ideas across subject areas. AVID provide teachers with tools to assist/ encourage their students to use reflective writing and discussion in making connections.  

AVID secondary students will have an AVID elective class period each day. In this class, AVID Elective Teachers and tutors trained in AVID methodologies will offer instruction in the following:

  • Reading comprehension and writing skills
  • Focused Note-taking
  • Study skills
  • Test-taking strategies
  • Time management
  • Research skills
  • College entrance preparation/placement exam preparation
  • Career awareness and other life choices

AVID Objectives

  • To prepare students in the academic middle for post education
  • To motivate students to seek higher learning
  • To provide students with a college preparatory curriculum
  • To provide students with in-school academic instruction and support in college preparatory classes
  • To promote academic self esteem and increase scholastic coping skills

AVID Activities

  • Developing success strategies
  • Tutorial support
  • Focus Note-Taking
  • Study skills and test taking strategies
  • Career awareness
  • Participation in extra-curricular and community programs
  • College tours
  • Applying for college

AVID Resources

AVID Online

This is the national website for the AVID.  Learn about the history of AVID, what it can do for our community and other miscellaneous facts.


Student website for the ACT exam.  Site features registration information, practice questions, and college and career planning.

College View

A free online college search service with extensive profiles of all the accredited colleges and universities in the US.


Free Application for Federal Student Aid
This site will help you complete the application needed to receive financial assistance for college.

Fast Web

A free online search engine for financial aid and colleges.


Comprehensive site dedicated to providing objective guidance on financial aid to students and parents.

Financial Aid Resource Center

A guide to financial aid and scholarships for college.


Illinois State Board of Education Website for IL State Learning Standards.


Information regarding the SAT exam: registration, scores, preparatory exams