AVID Oscar Smith

We are currently accepting applications for our 2023-2024 AVID program.  This is open to any rising 6th, 7th, or 8th grade students attending Oscar Smith Middle School.  Please pick up an application in the main office or click here to print a copy.  All applications should be turned in by the end of February 2023.


To close the opportunity gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

What is AVID? AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a research-proven, college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll and persist in four-year colleges or universities. Although AVID Secondary serves all students school-wide, it focuses on students in the academic middle who enroll in the AVID Elective course in grades 6 through 12. AVID Elective and core teachers, counselors, principals, college tutors, and parents raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, students will rise to the challenge. In 2016-2017, there were more than 6,200 AVID secondary, elementary, and higher education AVID implementation sites throughout the United States.
Who are the AVID students? AVID secondary students are middle and high school students who have:

  • at least average to above-average grades (2.0-3.5 GPA) and test scores;
  • good citizenship and attendance records;
  • the determination to improve their writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading skills to succeed academically; and
  • the drive to graduate from high school and successfully transition to college.
What is the focus of the AVID Curriculum? The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is based on best teaching practices in writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading, and it is supported by state and national content standards. AVID curriculum is used in the AVID Elective and content-area classes in AVID schools to guide teachers and students, while planning strategies for success, by focusing on time management and study skills.