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AVID is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. The AVID Elective class is currently offered for accepted AVID students at Sunset in grades 9-12.


AVID graduating class of 2018

Class of 2018: Sunset's first AVID graduating class.

Who is an AVID student?

AVID students are students in the academic middle, capable of completing a college preparatory path with support.  These students often are not realizing their full potential academically.  In the identification process a number of criteria are considered, including:

  • Grades (2.0 – 3.5 GPA)
  • Proficient or Nearly Proficient in standardized tests
  • Good attendance and behavior
  • Desire and determination
  • First generation college student (parents did not earn a 4-year degree or first in family to attend university in the USA)
  • Historically underrepresented in 4-year colleges and universities
  • Economically disadvantaged
  • Potential to succeed but may have special circumstances that hinder their achievement

While all of the criteria are considered for acceptance into the class, no single criteria will necessarily eliminate a student from consideration.  The AVID elective class should reflect the demographics of the school it is serving.

What AVID is:

  • An acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination
  • For all students, but the AVID elective class targets those in the academic middle to upper middle, with the potential for honors/pre-AP/IB and AP/IB work in school, but need academic and emotional support paired with the rigor

What AVID is Not:

  • AVID is not an “at-risk” program.  It is a program designed to support students who would otherwise not attend and graduate from a four-year university
  • AVID is not for students who do not do any of their homework
  • AVID is not for the consistently “D” or “F” student
  • AVID is not a program for unmotivated students.  They must have individual determination
  • AVID is not a college preparation program or ACT/SAT prep course for those who already have access to support system to be college ready

If you know a student who would be a great fit for AVID: