dvancement Via Individual Determination, empowers students by explicitly teaching them the hidden curriculum of school by developing time management, Cornell style note taking, inquiry, collaboration, writing, and reading skills.   The AVID elective class supports students as they engage in the most rigorous courses appropriate for them.


The purpose of the AVID program is to restructure the teaching methods of an entire school and to open access to the curricula that will ensure four year college eligibility to almost all students. The Instructional program focuses on methodologies that will help students prepare and participate in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. All AVID students are highly encouraged to complete at least one Advanced Placement course before high school graduation. 
The AVID Student Profile
Students with Academic Potential:
  • Average to high test scores
  • 2.0-3.5 GPA
  • College Potential with support
  • Desire and determination
Meets One or More of the Following Criteria:
  • First to attend college
  • Historically least served in 4 year college
  • Low income
  • Special circumstances

Final selection for inclusion in the AVID elective class is a selective process unique to each AVID site.


District #11 AVID Schools and Link to Site Coordinator


For More Information,
Joan A. Jahelka, District Co-Director
(719) 520-2026 
Dave Sawtelle, District Co-Director
(719) 520-2073
Connie Law, AVID Tutorology Coach
(719) 520-2047 


AVID Center