At Fort Collins High School, A.V.I.D. is an approved elective course taken during the school day. Students are selected to enroll in an A.V.I.D. class after an application process. For one class period a day, students learn organizational and study skills, develop critical thinking and inquiry strategies, receive academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make the college dream accessible to all students. A.V.I.D. students are required to enroll in at least one Honors or Advanced Placement® course, in addition to the A.V.I.D. elective.
AVID students successfully complete rigorous academic courses, with more than 73 percent of the 2012 AVID seniors reporting taking at least one higher-level course, such as AP ®, and 61 percent taking the corresponding exam. AVID also significantly closes the achievement gaps between groups of students. Regardless of ethnicity or economic background, AVID students successfully complete courses required for admission into four-year colleges or universities.
Who qualifies to be an A.V.I.D. student?
AVID targets students in the academic middle (2.0-3.5 GPA) who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum, but are falling short of their potential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. The A.V.I.D. elective supports students as they challenge themselves in college preparatory courses. FCHS Counselors will provide eligible students with A.V.I.D. applications during the middle school registration process that takes place during the month of February.