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Advancement Via Individual Determination

AVID: Advancement Via Individual Determination

AVID is an internationally recognized program designed to provide students with the academic and life skills which empower them to take ownership of their learning.

Skills learned in AVID are proven to not only enable college admission, but also facilitate success throughout their post-secondary career. Through the course of the AVID program, students will develop organizational and study skills, and learn to collaborate and problem solve with their peers, all while developing a family atmosphere where they feel accepted and challenged. 

AVID is specifically geared towards first generation college students, and AVID post-secondary students are four times more likely to be prepared and complete an undergraduate degree program than their non-AVID peers. Within our current context at Gateway High School, ninety-five percent of our AVID Elective seniors have been accepted to one or more post-secondary institutions. We welcome you to join us in our success with the AVID program at Gateway High School.

Key Academic Contacts

College Counselors

College and Career Center

Library Media Center

Student Services

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Department Directory


complete four-year college entrance requirements


who apply are accepted into four year colleges


persist into the second year


of first-generation, low-income AVID college students graduate with a four-year degree within six years

Student Testimonial

Jimenna Becerra '20

“Before I was in AVID I was having a hard time navigating life as a high school student. One of the biggest things I struggled with was knowing how the college process worked. Being a first-generation American is hard enough, but then you add on being the first person in your family to graduate high school and go to college and things start to get frustrating. Joining AVID allowed me to have a place where I could ask for help and get a better understanding of how even applying for college works. This not only helped me, but my family as well.


In the fall of 2020 I will be attending CU Boulder. AVID prepared me by giving me a head start on college applications and scholarships, and I am so grateful that I was able to be ahead of the game.”

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Meet our students and staff. We know you’ll love them.

We’re not just a group of buildings where students come to learn. We’re a family that cares about the success of every individual. We’re located in Aurora and welcome all students — those in our district and beyond. We have an open enrollment process and typically take applications from January through May. Visit us and see for yourself why Gateway is a great place to learn!