Learn More about AVID

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. We invite you to read through the information on this page to learn more about this invaluable program.

What is AVID?

Advancement Via Individual Determination, AVID, is a College and Career Readiness System aimed at preparing all students for the lives they will lead after graduation. AVID encompasses instructional best practices that are embedded into daily lesson plans that facilitate rigorous and engaging learning opportunities to build skills, habits, and behaviors in a safe, college, and career-going atmosphere. The AVID College and Career Readiness System is the only K–12 educational system that provides instructional practices, district-wide system alignment, college and career culture at each site, and professional learning for teachers and administration.

Where is AVID?

AVID Elementary – All nine QCUSD elementary schools implement AVID in a schoolwide approach with teachers using AVID instructional practices to deliver curriculum to all students.

AVID Secondary – At the junior high and high school levels, we use AVID instructional practices both in a schoolwide approach as well as in a voluntary AVID elective class offered to 7th through 12th-grade students. Instructors gear the AVID elective class towards teaching a curriculum to support core content classes while also instilling the transferable skills that students can use in all facets of their life. Additionally, this class provides tutoring sessions to aid students in their rigorous content. This creates a support structure that adds an additional level of college and career readiness.

AVID Teacher Support

As an innovative, national leader in education, Queen Creek Unified School District provides numerous opportunities for teachers to obtain professional learning. Since adopting AVID in 2016, QCUSD has had more than 60% of our educators receive official AVID Center training. This training includes AVID Summer Institute or AVID Regional Path Training. Through district professional learning opportunities, 100% of QCUSD teachers have received training in AVID instructional practices.

AVID Recognition

AVID named Newell Barney Junior High School an AVID National Demonstration School by exemplifying the implementation of AVID with fidelity,  joining an elite group of only five junior high schools in Arizona to earn that title. Additionally, QCUSD employs one of Arizona’s 24 AVID staff developers who have formal AVID Center Staff Developer training.

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