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

AVID at a Glance:

AVID is designed to help students prepare for and succeed in middle school, high school, and college.  Students in the program commit themselves to improvement and preparation for technical school or college.  A rigorous program of instruction in academic “survival skills” and college level skills.  The AVID program teaches students how to study, read for content, take notes, organize, and manage time.

The AVID College Readiness System:

  • Empowers students to graduate from college by helping them develop their academic strengths and social adaptability and helping them discover and grow their individual determination
  • Empowers educators with instructional strategies and best teaching practices to provide rigorous, relevant, and differentiated academic opportunities for all students.
  • Empowers families to support and guide their learners through their educational journey by providing learning resources, process roadmaps, and strategies for academic and social success.

What AVID is…

  • AVID is an acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination
  • AVID is an in-school academic support program that prepares students for success and technical/college eligibility.
  • AVID levels the playing field for minority, rural, low-income, and other students without a technical/college-going tradition in their families.
  • AVID is for ALL students, but targets those in the academic middle.
  • AVID is currently implemented for ALL 6th through 8th grade students at St. Johns Technical High School.
  • AVID is an international program implemented in many schools within St. Johns County.

 What AVID is NOT…

  • AVID is NOT a remedial program
  • AVID is not a free ride
  • AVID is not a niche program
  • AVID is not a college outreach program

 Student Expectations (everyday and in every class):

Planner:  Students must write homework, tests, quizzes, projects (etc.) in their planner on the daily calendar.  The notes in the planner must be specific and detailed for every class.

Pencil Pouch:  Students must keep a pencil pouch with the following supplies – 2 black or blue ink pens, 2 or more pencils, 2 or more cap erasers and color pencils.

Trapper-keeper:  Students are expected to carry a 3″ or larger single ring binder organized according to AVID guidelines as outlined by the school.  Students should carry the binder everyday and in every class.

Notes:  Students are expected to take focused notes as directed by the teacher utilizing the correct note-taking formation as outlined by the school.  Notes are mainly used during a class lecture, a class power point, a class reading, or a movie containing information for which the student must be responsible.

Homework:  Students have homework every day.  If homework is not assigned by the teacher, students should read for twenty minutes and complete/review notes daily in all of their core classes.



St. Johns Technical High School faculty and staff will be working with 6th through 8th grade students toward being organized and successful this school year.  We will be utilizing a 3” or larger trapper-keeper with a zipper as our main organizational tool for all students.  Please make sure your child arrive to school on Monday, August 10th with all of the items on the supply list.  In addition, here are some things that you can do to support and reinforce your child’s organizational efforts at home:

  • Ensure that the agenda/planner is used as a tool for self-monitoring and comes with your child to school each day.
  • Ensure that the supply pouch has the necessary materials.
  • Ensure that you are checking spirals/trapper-keeper for handouts or communications that can be removed.
  • Ensure that the organizational tool is arranged by academic-specific sections (for example, make sure that all subject-specific materials remain together, whether it is in the form of notes on loose-leaf paper or handouts).
  • Ensure that the organizational tool is being taken care of and is kept neat, so your child is ready for a successful day at school.