Model Program

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

5120 Shoreham Place
Suite 120
San Diego, CA 92122
http://www.avidcenter.org

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Contact Information:
Mary Catherine Swanson
Founder
858.623.2843
avidinfo@avidcenter.org

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Intervention

Both

Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School
High School

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

AVID is an in-school academic support program for middle and high schools that places underachieving high-risk students in a college preparatory program to prepare them to go to and succeed in college. Students take rigorous courses and are provided with intensive and targeted support to ensure their success. Parents become involved at a variety of levels.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Family/Parental Involvement

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low achievement
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school

Family factors

  • Low educational expectations
  • Low contact with school

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers

Competence

  • Self efficacy

Creativity

  • Problem-solving skills

Optimism

  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Unspecified

Teachers

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

In longitudinal studies of schools where the project was implemented as designed, project students relative to their counterparts in comparison schools, showed significant improvement in academic performance, increases in Advanced Placement course enrollment and completion, decreases in dropout rates, and increases in college enrollment.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level