In the 2010-11 school year, Lyndonville CSD initiated Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). AVID is a college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges. Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served students in the academic middle. The formula is simple - raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge.

At this time AVID has been implemented by approximately 4,880 schools in 45 states and 16 other countries/territories. AVID currently serves approximately 700,000 students in K-12 and Higher Education campuses. School districts have taken methodologies and strategies from the elective course and implemented them school and district-wide to impact their entire communities and create articulated programs for college success.

At the high school and middle level, AVID students are enrolled in their school's toughest classes, such as Advanced Placement, and receive support in an academic elective class - called AVID - taught within the school day by a trained AVID teacher. In the accelerated elective class, AVID students receive support through a rigorous curriculum and ongoing, structured tutorials. AVID elective teachers support AVID students by providing academic training, managing their tutorials, working with faculty and parents, and by helping students develop long-range academic and personal plans.

School-wide achievement results from professional development received by subject area teachers, counselors, administrators, and especially through the success of the students targeted for the AVID elective. Use of AVID methodologies, such as Cornell note-taking and group collaboration, in all classes helps create a college-going culture across the campus.

What differentiates AVID from other educational reform programs is its astounding success rate. Of the 2014 AVID graduates, 88 percent planned to attend college; 78 percent to a four-year college. At LCS, 100 percent of the AVID graduates have applied to a four-year college.

We have encountered an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the Lyndonville AVID program and the program has expanded over the past few years to include all grade levels K-12.