Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a rigorous college preparatory program designed for students with recognized academic potential, an individual determination to succeed, and a desire to take challenging courses that lead to four-year college enrollment. AVID's mission is to "close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society."
2014-2015 marked the beginning of AVID as part of the program of studies at OHS. There are currently 14 sections with approximately 290 students enrolled. The curriculum features writing, inquiry, collaboration, reading, note-taking, study skills, and college/career/motivational activities.
AVID at OHS provides professional and college-level tutors in the classroom twice a week. AVID tutors also offer individual tutoring during Eagle Block and after school Tuesday through Thursday, from 3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.; all students are welcome to participate.
To better understand what different colleges offer, OHS AVID students also have the opportunity to visit universities in the area.
Parents are an essential part of the program and its success, and are invited and encouraged to communicate with our AVID site team, especially their student's AVID elective teacher.
The 2015-16 AVID graduating class earned $1.2 million in scholarships. This included 5 full-ride scholarships to Virginia Tech, Seton Hall, and George Mason. The senior class applied to over 100 scholarships.
Josh Valez, AVID class of 2016, was awarded the prestigious Dell Scholarship which includes a $20,000 scholarship towards the college of his choice, a Dell computer, and computer support throughout his college career. Of the 350 scholarships awarded across the United States, Mr. Valez is the only recipient in the state of Virginia. Congratulations, Josh!