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Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

9797 Aero Dr.
Ste. 100
San Diego, CA 92123
Contact Information
Dr. Dennis A. Johnston


Program Specifications


Intervention, Prevention

Age/Grade Level:

Middle School, High School, Elementary, Adult




African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander, White, American Indian/Alaskan, Hispanic

Target Settings:

Rural, Urban, Suburban, Inner City, Tribal

Target Groups:

Clusters/Groups, Grade Level, School Wide

Other Participation Criteria:

First generation college goers, Low SES


AVID is a non profit that provides powerful and proven teacher and leader professional development that results in the provision of a highly successful in-school academic support system of rigor for K-16 students which places underachieving high-risk students in a college preparatory program to prepare them to go to and succeed in college, career and life. AVID's 38+ year history of Students take rigorous courses and are provided with intensive and targeted support to ensure their success. AVID has consistently shown it can eliminate the college readiness gap for all subgroups of students. Parents become involved at a variety of levels.

Program Descriptors Include:

Academic Improvement, Attendance/Truancy, Career Education, Charter School, Community Collaboration, Counseling/Advisors/Coaches, Family/Parental Involvement, Literacy Development, Mentoring/Tutoring, Middle/Early College, Professional Development, Study Skills, Life Skills Training, Transition Program, Ninth Grade Academy

Program Rating:

Strong Evidence

Starting Year:


Students Served Per Year:


Last Verified:

July 26th, 2017

Strategies for Locating Students:


Reenrolled Students with Disabilities:


Risk Factors

Program addresses the following:

Individual Factors

  • High-risk peer group
  • Low achievement
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school

Family Factors

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • Low education level of parents
  • Sibling(s) has dropped out
  • Low contact with school

School Factors

  • School math achievement
  • School policies and practices
  • Student engagement
  • Teacher expectations

Community Factors

  • Family composition/socioeconomic status

Protective Factors

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers


  • Positive/resilient temperament


  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy


  • Problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility


  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self
  • Optimistic


  • Rigorous and relevant instruction
  • Academic support
  • Instruction on behavior and social skills
  • Supportive school climate
  • Teach self-determination and self-advocacy skills including student/person-centered planning
  • Eliminate practices that push students out of school
  • Help students to address problems that interfere with learning

Program Resources

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is less than $25,000 or less than $500 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Federal, State, Local/City/County, District, Donations, Foundations

Program Staff Includes:

Teachers, Counselors, Graduation Coaches, Parents, School Administrators
College student tutors, Community members

Materials Used:

Instructional Texts/Manuals, Media/CD/DVD, Computer/Internet Based

Supporting/Partner Organizations:

Roadtrip Nation

Evaluation Information

Description of Program Impact:
In longitudinal studies of schools where the project was implemented as designed, project students relative to their counterparts in comparison schools, showed significant improvement in academic performance, increases in Advanced Placement course enrollment and completion, decreases in dropout rates, increases in attendance, and increases in college enrollment.

How Evaluation Data Was Collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Outside experimental studies

Additional Evaluation Information: