Paul R. Smith is an AVID School!

What AVID is…

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.

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

AVID is a schoolwide commitment that all teachers engage in rigorous high impact instruction with all of our students. We want our Eagles to soar and prepare for their futures with AVID.

What does the AVID elective look like? 

  • Support and encouragement that helps students be successful in one or more advanced level classes
  • Large emphasis on organization
  • Instruction on Cornell Notes (a note-taking system that helps students in middle school, high school and college)
  • Tutoring from college students
  • Field trips to College campuses
  • A supportive and encouraging setting that helps students realize that college is an option