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AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

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Welcome to AVID at Capitol Hill!

Visit the Capitol Hill AVID website here!  

Applications for enrollment in the AVID Elective for the 2023-2024 school year are due Friday, April 14th!

Ms. Schupanitz is the AVID Elective teacher and AVID Site Coordinator.

Course Description and Instructional Goals

           AVID stands for Advancement via Individual Determination; therefore, it is necessary that students understand they are the key to their success in this program.  Because this program has quite specific guidelines to help students achieve, the AVID contract and essentials must be followed.  AVID is not only a class but it combines rigor and support to ensure student success in a college and career preparatory curriculum.  It includes instruction in study skills, organization skills, communication skills, reading comprehension, writing, collaboration, inquiry, test-taking strategies, and personal development.

Instructional Model

Writing as a Tool of Learning

Inquiry Method


Collaborative Learning Groups

Reading as a Tool of Learning

AVID Contract

           Students and parents are required to sign the AVID contract each year.  This contract outlines the program and requirements.  In addition to the AVID essentials, students are required to exhibit good citizenship, refrain from excessive absences and tardies, maintain at least a “C” average in every class at all times, and avoid disciplinary referrals.


AVID is ...

An in-school academic support program for grades 7-12 that prepares students for college eligibility and success.

A program that places academically average students in advanced classes.

A program that levels the playing field for students of color, rural families, families living on a low income and other students without a college-going tradition in their families.

For all students, but it targets those in the academic middle.

Implemented schoolwide and districtwide.

"AVID is like a family" - Ka Vang, class of 2008

What AVID isn't ...

A remedial program.

A free ride.

A niche program.

A college outreach program.

AVID Misson

AVID ensures that ALL students - and most especially the least served students who are in the middle:

  • will succeed in rigorous curriculum;
  • will complete a rigorous college preparatory path;
  • will enter mainstream activities of the school;
  • will increase their enrollment in four-year colleges; and
  • will become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.