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Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll and persist in four-year colleges and universities.  AVID's proven learning support structure incorporates teaching and learning methodologies in the critical areas of Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading (WICOR).

In Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, AVID is implemented at all levels - elementary, middle and high school.  

AVID Elementary

AVID Elementary is based on the same learning foundation that underlies the AVID Elective and AVID Schoolwide philosophies.  It is designed to integrate into the daily routines and curriculum of all elementary classrooms across entire grade levels to impact schoolwide structures. The intentional systemic approach provides different resources for different levels, settings, and infrastructures in order to support all students on their path to college readiness.

AVID Secondary

At the secondary level, students enroll in the AVID elective and receive support to be successful in their school’s most rigorous classes, such as honors and Advanced Placement. In this class, students learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and how to ask probing questions, get academic help from peers and tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities to make college attainable.

The goal of AVID is to ensure that ALL students:

  • Will succeed in rigorous curriculum
  • Will enter mainstream activities of the school
  • Will increase their enrollment in four-year colleges
  • Will become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society

The AVID student must have “determination,” the determination to succeed in the demanding course requirements of four year colleges and universities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does AVID stand for?

AVID is an acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.

What is the purpose of AVID?

AVID is a college readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll and persist in post-secondary education and equips students with the necessary skills and tools to live a rich and productive life. AVID addresses the specific needs of students to help bridge the path from elementary school through higher education completion.  Students are provided resources and tools for academic rigor and support to be academically successful.

What is the mission of AVID?

AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing ALL students for college readiness and success in a global society.

Who is eligible for the AVID program?

AVID is for ALL students!

Is AVID in my school?

AVID is implemented in 44 of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ (elementary, middle & high). Check with your school counselors for more details.

2019-2020 CMS AVID Schools:

Elementary & K-8

  • Barringer
  • Devonshire
  • Druid Hills
  • Highland Renaissance
  • Oakdale
  • Thomasboro
  • Walter G. Byers
  • Westerly Hills
  • Dorothy J. Vaughn
  • Newell
  • Reedy Creek
  • University Meadows
  • Berryhill
  • Governor’s Village


  • Cochrane Collegiate Academy
  • Ranson
  • Alexander Graham
  • Carmel
  • Sedgefield
  • James Martin
  • JM Alexander
  • Martin Luther King
  • Northridge
  • Ridge Road
  • Coulwood STEM
  • Francis Bradley
  • Wilson STEM
  • Southwest 


  • Garinger
  • West Charlotte
  • Hawthorne 
  • Myers Park
  • Performance Learning Center
  • Rocky River
  • Vance
  • Harding University
  • Hopewell
  • Phillip O. Berry
  • West Mecklenburg
  • Hough
  • Butler
  • East Mecklenburg
  • Olympic
  • South Mecklenburg


Contact: Latisha Hensley, Advanced Studies Specialist (AVID District Director)
Phone: (980) 343-2701

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