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Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID)

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AVID stands for Advancement via Individual Determination. It is an academic elective course that prepares students for high school and college readiness and success.

AVID students engage in a college preparatory curriculum that incorporates strategies focused on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading to support their academic growth. Students also participate in tutor-facilitated study groups, motivational activities, academic success skills, experiential activities, and field trips.

What happens in the AVID Class?

  • Students receive academic instruction in writing, note-taking, studying, test-taking, and organizing.
  • Students receive academic support from tutors through collaborative tutorial groups and structured peer counseling.
  • Students are motivated to pursue academic excellence through goal-setting, rigorous classes, cultural and college field trips, classroom guest speakers, and AVID team building.
  • Classes are structured around the pursuit of Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading (WICOR).
  • Cornell notes and learning logs
  • Quick-writes and reflections
  • Process writing
  • Peer evaluation
  • Authentic writing
  • Skilled questioning techniques
  • Tutorials
  • Costa's level of questioning
  • Socratic Seminars
  • Research and investigations
  • Group Activities
  • Tutorials
  • Philosophical Chairs
  • Socratic Seminars
  • Peer Teaching and Editing
  • Service Learning
  • Folders and organizational tools
  • Calendars, planners, and agendas
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Study groups
  • Focused note-taking
  • Smart goals
  • Deep Reading strategies
  • Note-taking
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Vocabulary Building
  • Reciprocal teaching
  • Reflecting and summarizing

For more information or to get your questions answered, contact Kirby Callam or (847) 859-8059.

Ready to Apply?!

AVID is an elective class taken in place of Advisory in 6th grade. For 7th Grade and 8th grade, AVID is taken in place of the Spanish or French world language class.

For the 2024-25 school year, students entering the 6th grade who qualify will be enrolled in AVID and notified that they can opt-out to take the regular 6th grade Advisory class.  All other rising 6th grade students are invited to apply to be considered for any remaining, open seats.

Students entering 7th grade can apply for AVID at Chute, Haven, King Arts, and Nichols. Students who are enrolled in AVID are expected to take the AVID elective class up through the 8th grade.

Students who receive Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) services as a native Spanish speaker are required to take Spanish Literature Arts in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades as their elective course. As a result, they are not eligible for the AVID or Advisory class in 6th grade.  For more information about required EL services for your child, please contact Amada Zamudio at 847-859-8106 or by email at

Priority is given to students who will be the first to attend college in their immediate family, who identify with an ethnicity that is underrepresented at the collegiate level, and will be best served with challenging work and support to develop their writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading skills to excel in school.