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AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination


AVID is a Vista Unified School District Success Story. Rancho Minerva Middle School is an AVID National Demonstration School.



The goal of the AVID program is to provide academic instruction and other support to students and to prepare them for eligibility for four-year colleges and universities. The AVID program enables us to maintain a college preparation focus for all of our students. With AVID classes on campus, visitors will observe AVID strategies in all of our classrooms. There are five AVID elective classes. AVID teachers teach in classes to expand students' college awareness and support rigorous academics, while our AVID tutors (college students from area universities) ensure that our AVID students process what they are learning.


The AVID program includes study skills, tutorials, college/career planning, regular binder checks, guest speakers, goal-setting, note-taking, and essay writing. For more information about AVID, please contact your student's counselor.


AVID Facts:

AVID not only helps students prepare for college, but helps students to stand out on a college application.
Additionally, AVID students nationwide fit into ONE or more of these criteria:

First person in family to go to a four-year university, or...

Member of an underserved group at universities, or...

Low socio-economic status, or...

Special circumstances.


The AVID "Profile":

Students should have the potential and the desire to attend a four-year college.

They must have appropriate classroom behavior.

Generally their G.P.A. is between 2.5 and 4.0.

They have regular attendance.

They have good work habits.

They have average test scores.*

They are willing to commit themselves to two hours of homework each night.

They are willing to enroll in a rigorous college preparatory sequence of courses.

* AVID includes English Learners


For more information about AVID, please email Ms. Sanders.

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