• Click on the following link to view the AVID Family Showcase video from 3/24/21:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PSARB7_p3sHwI1tmzln2n3n4ulZSDbqh/view?usp=sharing







    Learn more about AVID at AIMS by clicking on a letter to our AIMS families from Principal Fisher.  Link to the letter:  Learn More


    Obtenga más información sobre AVID en AIMS haciendo clic en una carta del Director Fisher a nuestras familias de AIMS. Enlace a la carta:  Aprende Mas


    The AVID application period is OPEN!  Complete an AVID Scholar application by filling out the information on this form: 

    https://forms.gle/CxMqMKqMWd4R5EPm9  (English)

    https://forms.gle/fjFQoXf9cRmm52ep6 (Spanish)


     The AVID application for the 2021-2022 school year is open until April 16, 2021.  For more information, please email AVID coordinator Dawn Downes or AVID administrator Veronica Stevens.






    Advancement via Individual Determination


    AVID stands for 'Advancement via Individual Determination.' AVID is a comprehensive program that assists underrepresented students in applying to, and prepares them for, the rigors of four-year colleges and is available to 6th through 8th graders at A.I. du Pont Middle School. Students in AVID live by the WICOR strategies; WICOR stands for Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading. Students are assisted in their high-level classes through tutorials, given help with organization by keeping a binder, and supported in their time management.  Additionally, the program provides opportunities for personal growth through guest speakers, college field trips, tutoring, and community service, all of which contribute to building a competitive college application. AVID graduates enroll in college at higher rates than the national average and persist into year 2 of college at higher rates. In 2016, 88% of AVID seniors applied to and were accepted to a four-year college. Why is this important? According to a study completed by the Economic Policy Institute, college graduates annually earned 56% more than someone with only a high school diploma.





    To ensure that all students, and most especially, the “academic middle” who are capable of completing a college preparatory path:

    • Succeed in rigorous curricula
    • Enter mainstream activities of the school
    • Increase their enrollment in four-year colleges and universities, and
    • become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society



    • To provide academic instruction and support to students
    • To prepare students for honors and AP courses
    • To prepare students for entry to a four year university
    • To motivate students to seek a college education
    • To increase students’ levels of college and career awareness


    Who may apply:

    Students currently in 6th and 7th grade who have the potential and desire to attend a four-year college and

    • Have appropriate classroom behavior
    • Have a good attendance record
    • are willing to commit to enrollment in a rigorous college preparatory sequence of courses


    As an AVID Scholar, you should….

    • want to go to apply to a two or four year college and/or be career ready
    • want to achieve the best grades possible
    • be willing to study, read and write EVERY night
    • be willing to enroll in the AVID Elective course both years in middle school as well as take honors courses
    • be willing to come to school AT LEAST 96% of the time
    • achieve AT LEAST a 2.5 grade point average
    • be willing to change bad habits and create new ones
    • be willing to carry a large 3-ring binder to every class every day
    • see the value in being tutored every week and participate willingly and with enthusiasm
    • be passionate about learning, setting goals, and becoming more than you are now!



    Writing, collabration, note-taking skills, organizational skills, college visits, participating in extra-curricular and community activities

    Costa's House

    AVID Student Work