The AVID curriculum, based on more than 35 years of research and rigorous standards, emphasizes teaching pedagogy, which focuses on writing-to-learn, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading for comprehension. This allows college preparatory classes to be accessible to all students.The AVID Elective is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading. AVID WICOR strategies are also used in content-area classes (English language arts, math, science and social studies).
The AVID Elective class targets students in the academic middle, who have the desire to go to college and are capable of completing a rigorous curriculum using the will to work hard. Typically, AVID Elective students will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. In the AVID Elective, students are routinely required to enroll in their school's most academically challenging courses, such as honors or Advanced Placement.