Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is AVID?

In Apple Valley Unified School District, The AVID Elective is a seventh- through twelfth-grade system to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap.  AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.

2. Which AVUSD schools have AVID?

Mariana Academy (TK-8)

Phoenix Academy (TK-8 & School Wide Site of Distinction)

Rio Vista School of Applied Learning (TK-6)

Sandia Academy (TK-8)

Sitting Bull Academy (TK-8)

Apple Valley High School (9-12)

Granite Hills High School (9-12)

Apple Valley Unified School District has both elementary and secondary AVID programs and each site has a coordinator to assist you.  Check each school website for the coordinator’s name and contact information.

3. What is the Mission of AVID?

The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with college professors.  It is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading.  AVID curriculum is used in AVID elective classes, in content-area classes in AVID schools, and even in schools where the AVID elective is not offered.

4. What happens in the AVID elective class?

Not only are students enrolled in their school's toughest classes, such as honors and Advanced Placement®, but also in the AVID elective.  For one period a day, they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable.  Their self-images improve, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.

5. Who is the AVID student?

AVID targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard.  These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential.  Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families.  AVID redirects these students from their unchallenging courses towards a college-readiness path: acceleration instead of remediation.

6. How do I get my student into AVID?

You and your student will fill out the AVID application, and deliver it to the school site.  Generally, the school sites interview all applicants in the spring.  School site coordinators can provide more details and information.

7. Who may become an AVID Tutor?

Students enrolled or attending college or university, and in good standing, are eligible to interview for an AVID tutor position.

8. What are the responsibilities of an AVID Tutor?

Link to AVID Tutor Job Application

9. How do I apply for a position as an AVID tutor?

Contact Human Resources to find out when applications are being accepted or check the AVUSD employment opportunities listing page or each site AVID Coordinator for more details.