What is AVID?

AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system for elementary through higher education that is designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance. The AVID College Readiness System (ACRS) accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional learning, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.

“While others talk about what should be done to prepare students for college, AVID is doing it. For more than 30 years, the AVID College Readiness System has helped thousands of students, many of whom are overlooked and underserved, rise above the obstacles they face to achieve academic success.”

AVID is a major part of Polk's campus and culture. In 2018, Polk became the first National Demonstration School in CFB-ISD and was even deemed as an "AVID-School Wide Site of Distinction". At Polk, AVID is taught as an elective class but AVID strategies are taught throughout all content and elective classes. AVID not only promotes the college readiness culture (as you can see throughout our campus) but is effectively taught through WICOR: Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading. Within WICOR, there are countless strategies, lessons, or assignments that can easily fit under WICOR.