The AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program is a nationally recognized approach to ensuring that ALL students are successful in a rigorous curriculum.

AVID in White Bear Lake Area Schools

White Bear Lake Area Schools began its AVID program in 2010 with 15 freshmen students, and has grown to serve over 350 students districtwide in grades 6-12.  Lakeaires Elementary will implement the district’s AVID Elementary System beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, focusing on methodologies that ensure that all K-12 students prepare for and participate in  rigorous learning activities.

AVID's Mission

AVID's systemic approach is designed to support students and educators as they improve school/district-wide learning and performance. AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID accelerates student learning using research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional learning, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change schoolwide. 

Practices & Beliefs

The AVID system affects schoolwide change by transforming practices and beliefs in four domains:

  • Instruction: Instruction is how we facilitate learning. Best instructional practices are used to ensure that all students have the opportunity for improved academic performance.

  • Systems: Systems are what we create. Educational systems are examined, developed, refined and aligned to lead to improved academic student performance.

  • Leadership: Leadership is what we do. Educational leaders collaborate to set a common vision and ensure that students have the best educational opportunities in all classrooms.

  • Culture: Culture is what we believe and value. Schools focus on beliefs and behaviors which promote college readiness and high expectations for all.

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AVID Opportunities


AVID is offered at Lakeaires Elementary. AVID Elementary helps all students develop the academic behaviors and critical-thinking skills that will benefit them as they continue their educational pathway. AVID strategies help students develop organization, study skills, communication, and self-advocacy, as well as reading and writing skills.  In addition, AVID Elementary students are taught to take structured notes and answer and ask high-level questions that go beyond routine answers. Teachers provide the academic foundation students need to be on a path for college and career success.

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AVID is designed to increase overall academic performance, success in rigorous curriculum, and participation in activities at school.  AVID helps students become better educated, responsible citizens, and leaders in society. 

AVID Elective

  • Enroll in the AVID Elective class during the school day.
  • Are required to take at least one honors or AP course and receive focused instruction in writing, inquiry, collaboration, reading, speaking, note-taking, study skills and college/career/motivational activities.  
  • Participate in small group tutorial sessions facilitated by AVID-trained tutors twice a week during the AVID elective class.
  • Visit colleges and universities to learn about academic requirements, expectations, classes, programs and collegiate life.

AVID Student Requirements

  • Receive a 2.0 - 3.4 GPA
  • Average test scores
  • College potential
  • Good attendance
  • Good behavior in and out of the classroom
  • Have the desire and individual determination to work hard and succeed

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