AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges. Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served students in the academic middle. The formula is simple - raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge.

Today, AVID has been adopted by nearly 4,500 schools in 45 states, the District of Columbia and 16 countries/territories, and serves approximately 400,000 students, grades 4-12. Schools and districts have taken methodologies and strategies from the elective course and implemented them school wide and district wide to impact their entire communities. Leander ISD offers the AVID Elective course to students in grades 7-12.

At the middle and high school levels, AVID students receive support in an academic elective class - called AVID - taught within the school day by a trained AVID teacher. Freshmen students in AVID classes also receive a modified curriculum of Professional Communication, a class required of all Leander ISD freshmen. In the accelerated elective class, AVID students receive support through a rigorous curriculum and ongoing, structured tutorials. AVID elective teachers support AVID students by providing academic training, managing their tutorials, working with faculty and parents, and by helping students develop long-range academic and personal plans. As part of AVID, students are asked to enroll in challenging course work, notably pre-Advanced Placement, Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate. The support provided by the AVID class helps pave the way for student success in these college-preparatory classes.


School wide impact achievement results from the professional development received by subject area teachers, counselors, administrators, district administrators, and especially through the success of the students targeted for the AVID elective. Use of AVID methodologies, such as Cornell note-taking and group collaboration, in all classes helps create a college-going culture across the campus.

In order to participate in AVID, teachers nominate students and AVID applications are distributed to these students. In addition to teacher nomination, a student may individually request an AVID application. Students are interviewed by the AVID teacher as part of the selection process. The interview helps assess the critical element of "individual determination" on the part of the student.

We welcome all inquiries about this amazing program. For further information, contact Leander ISD AVID director, Tamara Porras or 512-570-0313.