Office of College and Career Readiness
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) and College Board Preparing All Students for College Readiness

AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID is an acronym for Advancement via Individual Determination. AVID targets those students who are in the middle, underachievers, and/or students with limited exposure to college readiness information and competencies. College Board is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect students to college readiness opportunities and college success through programs and services such as ReadiStep, SpringBoard English, Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), SAT, and Advanced Placement (AP).

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The AVID program and College Board partnership were initiated to improve rigorous instruction for all students as aligned with the Blueprint for Progress 2.0 performance goals and standards. Some of the services offered are:

  • Instructional support to teachers and administrators via classroom observations, conferences, constructive feedback, and professional development.
  • Annual District and School Disaggregated Data Summaries (PSAT, SAT, AP).
  • An annual BCPS and College Board Partnership Professional Development Calendar with training and workshop offerings for administrators, teachers, counselors, and students.
  • Funding support for instructional materials and school participation in annual College Board and AVID training conferences.
  • Continuous instructional support regarding rigorous instruction and student performances on local, state, and national tests.
  • AVID and PSAT/SAT review preparation courses of study.College Board
  • Culturally relevant teaching in AVID classes.


  • African American Male Initiative (AAMI) - Woodlawn High School
  • Minority Male Initiative (MMI) - Old Court Middle School
  • Girls Empowerment Movement (GEM ) - Old Court Middle School
  • Organizational Binder Initiative - Holabird Middle School

For more information:Student Services

Heather Wooldridge, Coordinator, and Ms. Joyce Kasoff, Administrative Secretary, II

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