Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID)

Advancement via Individual Determination

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) was born here at Clairemont High School in 1980.

It was developed by Mary Catherine Swanson, then head of the Clairemont High English Department. She was determined to help integrate the influx of underserved inner city students into our academically acclaimed school. Her solution was AVID. She created the program as an academic elective, applying the philosophy of holding students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge.

Beginning with one high school and 32 students, AVID now serves over 400,000 students in nearly 4,500 elementary and secondary schools in 47 states, the District of Columbia and across 16 countries/territories.

Policymakers and school administrators now consider AVID an essential strategy for closing the achievement gap and providing resources to students.

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