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AVID at Nicollet
AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. It is both a building wide initiative and an elective program, which is designed to help students prepare for and succeed in college. The mission of AVID is to ensure that all students, especially students in the academic middle, will succeed in the most rigorous honors/ Advanced Placement curriculum while participating in school activities. AVID is a college prep program; it is not remedial. The goal is that the students be ready to enroll in a four-year college upon completion of high school.
AVID serves students building wide by ensuring they acquire the organizational and study skills needed for them to be successful. Nicollet students learn to use school-wide academic strategies to develop critical thinking skills and ask probing questions in all academic courses. Through AVID, Nicollet aims to change the academic expectations for students among both students and staff. The students enrolled in the AVID elective course serve as leaders on campus for establishing a “college bound” culture. They represent Nicollet and the AVID program by having a positive impact on their peers.
Students in the AVID elective class receive additional organizational and study skills assistance. They also work with college tutors, participate in enrichment and motivational activities, and learn to plan for their future so college becomes an expectation. AVID is a national researched based program which has 93% of AVID's graduates enrolling in a college (which is 75% better than the national average). Over 60% of AVID graduates enroll in a four-year college.