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Douglas Beardsley

Name: Doug Beardsley


Subject: AVID 11 and 12 - AVID Coordinator


What is AVID?

AVID is a college readiness program that targets students who are capable of honors level work and success at a four year college with a little additional support and structure. AVID is a program that gives these students the support and skills they need to do well in high school and be prepared for college. AVID has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students and helping them reach their academic potential.

What does AVID stand for?

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. This means that students have the ability to do well in school, but they have to take responsibility for their studies. AVID students will develop the determination to push themselves, succeed in higher level classes, and be prepared for college.

Who is an AVID student?

  • Desire to go to college after high school
  • Capable of completing a challenging college prep path with support
  • Good attitude, work ethic, and attendance
  • Determined and willing to be pushed to reach their academic potential
  • Often will be the first in their family to attend a four year college

 What is required of the AVID student?

    • Enroll in the AVID elective class every year of high school
    • Enroll in one or more rigorous academic class(es) every year in high school
    • Maintain 95% attendance rate
    • Pass all classes with a minimum 2.5 GPA
    • Exemplary citizenship in all classes and school events
    • Participate in Community Service requirements
    • Be involved in 1+ Extra-Curricular activity (including sports) per semester
    • Meet the academic requirements of the program including maintaining their AVID binder, taking Cornell Notes, and participating in tutorials

 What is the AVID Elective class?

AVID students will take an AVID elective class every year of high school. In this class, students learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking skills, get academic help from tutors, and learn about college and career options. The AVID class is not a study hall or a tutoring program – it is an academic class with high expectations for student work, effort, and behavior. Students earn credit and a grade for the class.

 How do students apply to the program?

Students wanting to join AVID next school year must complete the AVID application and return it to the Guidance Office by date specified.


If you have questions or would like more information about the AVID program at HRVHS, please contact Doug Beardsley via e-mail at


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