What is AVID?

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    The Advancement Via Individual Determination, or A.V.I.D. system, is a Nationally Recognized College Preparatory Path that serves high school students in the Olathe Public Schools. AVID is a four-year program at each of the district’s five high schools that prepares students for increased success in their post-secondary studies. This program typically serves students who are hard workers and provides them with tools and experience that will help them to be successful in high school and post-secondary education. 

    AVID in Olathe

    In the Olathe Public Schools, our AVID program is a rich program that helps students by giving them tools to help them be successful in life after high school graduation. AVID students also enjoy support as they pursue academic rigor in their coursework and assistance with college readiness skills. Students are afforded opportunities to visit college campuses and assistance with college and scholarship applications.

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    The AVID Student Profile
    The typical student:

    • Has a desire to pursue a post-high school education
    • Possesses an internal drive to succeed
    • Is a hard worker
    • May need support with organizational and study skills
    • Capable of rigorous coursework with support
    • Often a first-generation college student, but not always

    The AVID Student Experience
    The AVID student:

    • Keeps & maintains an organizational system
    • Takes focused notes
    • Updates and utilizes a planner
    • Participates in community service
    • Is encouraged to be a member of a club/activity or sport
    • Is expected to take a higher level class such as honors/advanced when appropriate
    • Attends college visit field trips with their AVID class
    • Benefits from a family atmosphere, academic and social support, & team-building
    • Has support with post-high school plans, scholarships & college applications
    • Has an AVID class which is one hour in the student’s schedule every semester

The AVID Student Application Process

  • The AVID Application

    Questions regarding the AVID program can be emailed to Julie Fishburn.

    1. Eligible students are current eighth graders (in-coming freshman class the following fall), or current freshmen and sophomores. Any student who fits the AVID Student Profile is eligible to apply, including students who are on an IEP, ELL students, 504 students, 21st Century academy students and/or those on the free and reduced program.
    2. The application form for 2024-25 is now closed. Check back at the end of January for the 2025-26 application. The application deadline will be March 2025.
    3. Student applicant interviews vary by high school.
    4. Teacher recommendations: Students will submit the names of two current teachers from their CURRENT schedule.