Regardless of their life circumstances, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) students overcome obstacles and achieve success.  They graduate and attend college at higher rates, but more importantly, they can think critically, collaborate, and set high expectations to confidently conquer the challenges that await them.


The mission of AVID is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.  Students will:

  • Succeed in rigorous curriculum
  • Get involved in activities at school
  • Increase enrollment in four-year colleges
  • Become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society



  •  Raise the expectations of students in the academic middle who desire to go to college and are willing to work hard
  • Enroll high school students in rigorous courses (AP/IB)
  • Optimize students' chances for success in rigorous coursework by providing necessary instruction and a system of support
  • Empower students with critical college preparatory skills
  • Ensure that all students graduate high school ready for career/college


Why AVID at OHS?

AVID students are students in the academic middle, capable of successfully completing a college preparatory path with support. This structured support helps students build the skills necessary to reach their full potential.

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AVID Curriculum & Schedule at OHS

The AVID Curriculum & Schedule at OHS

 AVID students are students in the academic middle, capable of successfully completing a college preparatory path with support. This structured support helps students build the skills necessary to reach their full potential.

Example  Schedule:












Drawing (.5 CREDIT)

English 9 (1.0 CREDIT)


Wt Training (.5 CREDIT)



Algebra 1 (1.0 CREDIT)

Ocon-Fab Lab (1.0 CREDIT)




Biology (1.0 CREDIT)

Humanities (1.0 CREDIT)




AVID Elective (1.0 CREDIT)


World Language/Band/PLTW (1.0 CREDIT)

All work in the AVID elective is graded and students will earn credit upon completion. By the end of the AVID class, students will progress toward excellence in essential college skills:

Writing/Reading - Includes focused-notes, learning logs.
Inquiry - Includes Socratic seminars, class discussions.
Collaboration - Includes tutorials, community service projects.
Organization - Includes binder checks, grade checks, attendance checks. 

AVID students must: 

  • attend an AVID elective class 
  • enroll in one or more advanced academic class (AP or IB) each semester
  • maintain satisfactory citizenship and attendance in all classes
  • maintain the AVID binder with assignment/grade record sheets and daily notes in all classes 
  • complete all homework assignments and commit to studying every night 

How Students are Selected & Apply for a Spot in the AVID Elective

AVID Application Process

In the identification process a number of criteria are considered, including: 

  • State Test Scores Grades
  • Citizenship 
  • Attendance 
  • Desire and Determination 
  • Other Special Circumstances 

While all of the criteria are considered for acceptance into the program, no single criteria will necessarily eliminate a student from consideration. The AVID program reflects the demographics of the Oconomowoc School District. Students participating in special education, gifted and talented programs, and ELL will be considered for AVID based on the criteria listed above. 

Students must apply to join the AVID elective class and demonstrate how the AVID program fits into achieving their post-secondary (college, career, and life) goals by participating in an interview process and from recommendations of teachers/counselors. Unfortunately, not all student applicants are guaranteed a spot in the AVID elective. 

Student applications are due in late February-early March (depending on grade level: intermediate or high school). Student interviews typically take place prior to students leaving for spring break.

Misconceptions- AVID is NOT:

  • a remedial program 
  • a free ride 
  • a study hall 
  • a quick fix
  • special education
  • at-risk 

AVID Tutors/Tutorial Process

Purpose of an AVID Tutor/Tutorials

Success in the AVID Elective is based on the AVID curriculum, tutorial method, and motivational activities. An important key to that success is the tutor as role model, mentor, and motivator as part of a support system for students. A tutor’s commitment to building positive rapport with students is crucial. AVID tutors must be dependable and serve as advocates for students’ academic and social growth. AVID students learn to trust tutors. Tutors should be willing to share their enthusiasm for learning and for the college pathway.  Students will learn about the experiences tutors have gained through their hard work, grit, and perseverance.

Advancement Via Individual Determination

  • Role Models
  • Mentors
  • Motivators


Tutors are under supervision of the AVID District Director.  Tutors will:

  • Become familiar with the 10-Step AVID Tutorial process
  • Participate in all required and provided training, professional development sessions, and meetings
  • Become familiar with the materials used by AVID students
  • Establish and maintain positive rapport with students
  • Tutor students in virtual small study groups, assisting them in all subject areas based on the class and text notes they have collected in their AVID binders
  • Determine from student notes and discussions the concepts that need to be taught or re-taught
  • Facilitate student learning in a challenging, yet supportive, tutoring environment.
  • Evaluate student binders, including calendars, class and text notes, etc.
  • Set an example of personal excellence and high expectations for all AVID students to follow.
  • Communicate frequently with the AVID District Director and Elective teachers regarding student progress and areas of concern.
  • $13.00/hour
  • Flexible schedule - approximately 2-4 hours per week (all tutoring will be done virtually - until further notice)
  • Apply through WECAN


Contacts for AVID Elective Information

Jaime Regan
AVID District Director 
AVID 9 Elective Teacher
262-560-3100 ext. 3234

Angie Lorier
AVID 10 Elective Teacher

Melissa Anders
AVID Coordinator

Oconomowoc High School
641 East Forest
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Nondiscrimination: The Oconomowoc Area School District provides assurance that no student is discriminated against because of the student's sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability.
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