Education K-12 M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Elliott, Nathan

Second Reader

Lisa Silmer;


AVID is a college-readiness elective adopted by school districts to promote the pursuit of post-secondary education. The AVID college-readiness elective’s mission is to close the achievement gap for underrepresented students by equipping the students with the academic skills necessary for post-secondary success. The research in this thesis highlights how AVID uses college-readiness skills to impact whole-school culture and climate, how AVID impacts specific grade levels and specific student groups, how AVID students are prepared for post-secondary success, and the key strategies and features of the AVID program. The studies explored in this research also point to the significant impact of the relational capacity fostered by the AVID program on the learning and lives of underrepresented students. The application emphasis in this thesis shows the authentic impact that AVID strategies and routines have on students, teachers, and schools. In conclusion, the AVID strategies and skills also teach students how to become lifelong learners and significant contributors to society both inside and outside of the classroom.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis