AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

About AVID at Champaign Unit 4

Welcome, students, parents and teachers to AVID School Year 2016-2017! We now have AVID students in all grades at Champaign Unit 4 secondary schools.

AVID students take rigorous, college preparatory courses and are given support through their AVID tutors and teachers. Students are exposed to college culture through field trips, guest speakers, and college tours.

Activities for AVID Step-Up juniors include ACT Preparation, informational college presentations from University of Illinois guest speakers, and campus tours.

AVID is an in-school academic support program for students in grades 6-12 that prepares them for college eligibility and success. The goal of AVID is to provide support for students to succeed in college preparatory courses and to be eligible to attend 4-year colleges and universities after graduating from high school. AVID levels the playing field for minority, low-income, and students in the middle who may be the first in their families to attend college. 

The AVID student profile:

  • Students with academic potential – average to high test scores
  • Students getting B’s and C’s who can succeed in a rigorous curriculum with support
  • Students who have demonstrated desire and determination to succeed

AVID students will have an AVID elective class period each day. In this class, teachers and tutors trained in AVID methodologies will offer instruction in the following:

  • Reading comprehension and writing skills
  • Note-taking
  • Study skills
  • Test-taking strategies
  • Time management
  • Research skills
  • College entrance preparation/placement exam preparation
  • Career awareness and other life choices

AVID is an honors opportunity for students who have shown some promise and who, with support, can achieve success in accelerated classes.

AVID Objectives

  • To prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility
  • To motivate students to seek a four-year college education
  • To provide students with a college preparatory curriculum
  • To provide students with in-school academic instruction and support in college preparatory classes
  • To promote academic self esteem and increase scholastic coping skills

AVID Activities

  • Developing success strategies
  • Tutorial support
  • Cornell note taking
  • Study skills and test taking strategies
  • Career awareness
  • Participation in extra-curricular and community programs
  • College tours
  • Applying for college

AVID Resources

AVID Online

This is the national website for the AVID program.  Learn about the history of AVID, what the program can do for our community, and other miscellaneous facts.


Student website for the ACT exam.  Site features registration information, practice questions, and college and career planning.

College View

A free online college search service with extensive profiles of all the accredited
colleges and universities in the US.


Free Application for Federal Student Aid
This site will help you complete the application needed to receive financial assistance for college.

Fast Web

A free online search engine for financial aid and colleges.


Comprehensive site dedicated to providing objective guidance on financial aid to students and parents.

Financial Aid Resource Center

A guide to financial aid and scholarships for college.


Illinois State Board of Education Website for IL State Learning Standards.


Information regarding the SAT exam: registration, scores, preparatory exams