Robbinsdale Area Schools


AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college.  The AVID program was started in Robbinsdale Area Schools in 2006-07 and currently serves students in grades 7-12 at Plymouth Middle, Robbinsdale Middle, Sandburg Middle, Armstrong High School and Cooper High School.

The program is designed to increase overall academic performance, success in rigorous curriculum, and participation in activities at school.  AVID helps students become better educated, responsible citizens and leaders in society.

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Why should my student apply for AVID?

AVID targets academically promising students (GPA of 2.0-3.5) and places them in advanced courses, while supporting them through the AVID elective. AVID levels the playing field for students without a college-going tradition in their families and/or students who are underrepresented on four-year college campuses.

  • The selection process ensures only those with ability, desire and determination participate
  • AVID accelerates underachieving students
  • Intensive support is provided
  • Specific needs of underachieving students are targeted
  • Teacher is redefined as an advocate and guide
  • Communication and sharing between teachers, administrators and counselors occurs
  • All strategies are research-based

AVID Methodologies

The AVID instructional program focuses on methodologies that will help students prepare for and participate in a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum.  These methodologies are:

  • writing as a tool of learning
  • inquiry method
  • collaborative, subject-specific learning groups
  • organization skills for life
  • reading as a tool of learning

AVID Courses

Students in the program take the AVID elective class at the same time they are enrolled in rigorous courses. The class focuses on writing, critical thinking, collaboration, reading, note-taking, study skills and college/career/motivational activities. Students are expected to keep an organized binder and take notes in every class every day of the week. Tutors are in the AVID class twice per week.

Apply for AVID

Students apply to be in the AVID Elective course.  The application process includes a short written response, teacher recommendation and interview.  Contacting the AVID Coordinator at your school is the best way to get more information and an application.