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AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system that is designed to increase school-wide 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.

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


AVID Student Profile (who qualifies): Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served students in the academic “middle.”  Students in “the middle” are B,C, and even D students who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. Usually, these students are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential.  Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families.

Students who are interested in joining AVID are expected to complete an application.
You can find the application for current high school students at: http://tinyurl.com/akinsavidapp
If you are an 8th grader who will be attending Akins for the 2017-18 school year, you can access the application here:
You will be expected to get 2 teachers to complete a recommendation form at: http://tinyurl.com/akinsavidtrec
The deadline to apply is Wednesday February 1st  Feel free to contact Mrs. Garcia-Mata (room 265, 841.9789) if you have any questions or concerns.
Certified AVID Elective teachers:
Christina Garcia-Mata
Keith Frierson
Lisa Johnson
AVID Site-Team Members:
Susan Thames (AP)
Margarita Moreno (Counselor)
Sarah Simmons
Natalee Peterson
Lora Alaniz
Melinda Horowitz
Christina Jenschke
Jacqueline LaFlamme
Katie Delmore
Melissa Contreras
Sarah Nickel
Akins Faculty who have attended AVID Summer Institute:
Ebone Zamarron