• What AVID is:


    In 1980, Mary Catherine Swanson created the AVID program in San Diego as an answer to the problem enrolling under-served students in post-secondary education and reaching students in the academic middle. Beginning with one high school and 32 students, the program now serves over 250,000 students in more than 3500 schools in 45 states and 15 countries. The AVID Program has graduated more than 35,000 students and matriculated them to college at over a 95 percent rate. Nationally, over 89 percent of AVID graduates go directly to a four-year college, which is significant compared to the 34 percent for non-AVID students. AVID students represent the very best and brightest students at Hamilton and to date our 257 alumni have amassed over 55 million in college scholarships.



    AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, is an academic program designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. The target AVID student is a student who has a strong desire to attend a four-year university. AVID students are bright students who display strong academic potential, or are first generation college students who could benefit from additional guidance and support. The AVID elective is a class that provides social and academic support as well as academic monitoring and tutoring which is offered all four yars of high school. The class focuses on reading and writing skills, organizational skills, Socratic questioning skills, and collaborative learning skills. Students have access to college-age tutors and take part in test preparation lessons to increase their performance in rigorous classes as well as standardized exams, such as the SAT and ACT.



    o   Weekly tutorial sessions with college tutors


    o   Writing Cornell notes in all classes


    o   Researching and applying to colleges


    o   Applying for financial aid and scholarships



    o   Researching professional careers

    o   Visiting college campuses


    o   Interacting with guest speakers


    o   Standardized test preparation


    o   WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading) based lessons


    o   Parent information sessions



    Students will:

    • bring a strong work ethic to AVID

    • complete their assignments and do their best in all of their classes

    • maintain positive attendance and classroom behavior

    • commit to enrollment in a rigorous college preparatory sequence of courses, including “possible” advanced or AP courses based on academic ability

    • maintain a minimum 2.58 GPA/ progressing each year

    • demonstrate integrity on campus and in the community

    • Visit avidonline.org for more information


    Hamilton AVID Program Highlights:

    • 6 years of graduates: 200 graduates and $10,000,000 in scholarships, with the top earner receiving $890,000

    • Noted schools admittance: Notre Dame,The Naval Academy, Oregon State, Arizona State, University of Arizona, Northern Arizona, Grand Canyon University

    •  Some majors: Aeronautical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Law, Political Science, Physical Therapy, Education, Global Studies, and Nursing

    • AVID students have taken a combination of 16 different AP subject tests.The top AVID student entered college with 64 college credits – entering as a junior

Last Modified on August 5, 2020