What does “No Excuses University” mean?
We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to be educated in a way that prepares them for college. When schools exhibit a culture of universal achievement by believing in students, they collaborate around that belief. During collaboration, they align their standards as a team. As teams align standards, they need to assess the standards and manage the data. Then, and only then, can they pursue meaningful interventions with their students.
AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. AVID transforms four key domains of operations: Instruction, Systems, Leadership, and Culture.
Instruction: It is instruction that incorporates the cornerstones of AVID’s foundational tools – Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading.
Systems: AVID works to implement or reform systems that open access to the most rigorous courses in order to support college readiness beyond the AVID elective.
Leadership: Leadership sets the vision and tone that promotes college readiness and high expectations for all students in the school.
Culture: AVID transforms the school when the AVID philosophy progressively shifts beliefs and behaviors, resulting in an increase of students meeting college-readiness requirements.