Advancement Via Individual Determination or AVID is an elective that prepares students for success in the 21st Century. AVID’s mission is to “close the achievement gap by preparing all students for success in a global society,” says Ms. Bezio, one of the AVID teachers, along with Ms. Corners, Ms. Lucas, and Ms. Johnson. AVID’s goal is to ensure that all students are ready for a fast-paced world. As a college readiness program, AVID teaches students the necessary skills to not only get into a college but to become accomplished college graduates. In AVID students have a great time learning how to collaborate in tutorials where students help one another work through points of confusion. Students also work on time management and organization, utilizing the AVID binder, and they perfect their note-taking skills by taking Cornell Notes in all of their classes; the strategies an AVID student learns can be applied across the curriculum and set a foundation of good study habits that will support further educational endeavors. AVID students are also exposed to interesting careers by welcoming guest speakers and going on lots of field trips each year to visit colleges and universities. ~ Rachel K.