Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

2022-2023 AVID Program at Akins Early College High School

AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system that is designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. The AVID College Readiness System (ACRS) accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional learning, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change. 

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

AVID Student Profile (who qualifies): Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served students in the academic “middle.” Students in “the middle” are B,C, and even D students who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. Usually, these students are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families.

Students who are interested in joining AVID are expected to complete an application by the deadline, request AVID on their choice sheet, and get two teachers to fill out a recommendation form at: AVID Teacher Recommendation Form

The AVID Application for the 2022-2023 school year will be available in January 2021

(Deadline to apply is March 24, 2022).

Current high school students should apply at: AVID Application for Current Akins students

If you are interested in joining AVID or have questions, please contact Teresa Grumbles at

2022-2023 AVID Elective teachers:

  • Ana Lopez
  • Lauren Schexnaydre
  • Alyssa Alcala
  • Teresa Grumbles
  • Loraine Tijerina
  • Erasmo Vences

AVID Site-Team Members:

  • Susan Thames (AP)
  • Melinda Van Horn (Counselor)
  • Margarita Moreno (Counselor)
  • Claudia Arellano-Ferretiz (College Advisor)
  • Jaime Garcia (Counselor)
  • Chris Aguilar
  • Lora Alaniz
  • Melissa Contreras
  • Katie Delmore
  • Christina Dost
  • Teresa Grumbles
  • Christina Jenschke
  • Rebecca Redland-Sturzl
  • Loraine Tijerina
  • Erasmo Vences