What is AVID?

  • AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determinationis dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing ALL students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. AVID serves almost one million students in 46 states and 16 countries. It’s an academic program designed to provide support to students who are in the “academic” middle. This elective is currently being offered to students in grades 6 through 12. AVID students apply to be in the program and actually interview with teachers before being accepted into the elective.


    The purpose of AVID is to move students from average level classes to more rigorous college-preparatory coursework while providing academic support in this elective.  During each AVID class, students receive instruction in reading/writing across the curriculum, note taking & test-taking strategies, study skills, organization and time management. Another aspect of the program focuses on career and college exploration through guest speakers, college tours, and research assignments. Additionally, as part of the AVID class, students receive approximately 40 minutes of tutoring from trained volunteers who facilitate small groups of students during tutorials.



    • Teaches skills and behaviors for academic success
    • Provides intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships
    • Creates a positive peer group for students
    • Develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination


    At Corkran, all students use AVID learning strategies such as Cornell Notes, Interactive Notebooks, Philosophical Chairs, and WICOR (Wring, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading). Learn more about AVID strategies!


    For more information contact cmwillis@aacps.org, call (410)787-6350 or visit www.avid.org.   The Corkran Middle School AVID Site Coordinator is Chloe Willis.