What started with just one dedicated teacher and 32 students, AVID is today the largest college-readiness system in the nation, impacting over 800,000 students annually in 44 states and 16 countries and territories. With more than three decades of research, AVID proves that students from limited educational backgrounds in their homes, communities, and schools can succeed at the highest levels when given support. Because AVID is a system of “good teaching,” its practices resonate with all students and teachers, creating impressive school wide results. The AVID elective class builds on these principles by creating a relational capacity between students and teacher where they interact as a family and support and encourage each other. Students become proficient in taking and interacting with their focus notes, they learn how to clarify questions they have in their other academic classes, practice how to ask for help when they need it, work on organizational skills, reflect on their learning and most important they work on how they learn how to plan and manage their time in order to be successful in school. All of this leads to being successful not only in high school, but it also prepares them for being successful in whatever post secondary setting they choose.