AVID - Decades of College Dreams

AVID is an academic elective that embodies a program designed for students to make their college dreams a reality.  Southwest Middle School is a proud AVID National Demonstration school, the third in Orange County, Florida.  AVID at Southwest Middle School communicates high expectations and high achievement. The programs embodies the nurturing spirit of our teachers while encompassing a data driven, systematic approach to ensure our students succeed.

The program targets students who are in the academic middle. Students with the individual motivation, the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard are set on a path of rigorous coursework and the support to help reach their full potential. AVID students enroll in rigorous coursework, learn organizational and study habits while developing and deepening critical thinking skills. Students will participate in enrichment activities both inside and outside of the classroom.

Who may participate?

  • Students with GPA 2.0 +

  • Score a high level 2 or 3 on FSA reading and math

  • No attendance or discipline problems

  • Are willing to commit themselves to enriching study and organizational skills

  • Are willing to commit to enrollment of a course

  • Student with a desire to attend a four year college

  • Must be a voluntary decision by the student, NOT the parent

  • Must complete the application process ( interested? Ask your counselor!)

Do you have the AVID-tude? AVID requirements:

  • Must make a 3 year commitment of enrolling in the AVID class

  • Participate in collaborative groups, tutorials, field trips, and motivational activities

  • Maintain satisfactory citizenship and attendance in all classes

  • Maintain the AVID binder with assignment/grade record sheets and daily notes in all classes

  • Maintain GPA of 2.0 or higher

  • Take rigorous classes (Advanced and Honors)

What does an AVID class look like?

Mondays and Wednesdays focus on the AVID curriculum.

  • Writing for all classes and developing success strategies

  • Developing strong communication skills (oral and written)

  • Preparing for professional careers

  • Developing reading skills

  • Developing strong study skills and organizational habits

Tuesdays and Thursdays include:

  • tutorial sessions with peer, college, and teacher tutors

  • Learning with college tutor

  • Learning with peers/mentors


  • Field trips, guest speakers, collaborative activities geared toward curriculum and college experiences.

  • Visiting college campuses

  • Interacting with guest speakers