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Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

Excellence in Academics and Leadership

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

AVID is a 10th through 12th grade, internationally certified, program that prepares students for four-year college eligibility. It has a proven track record of bringing out the best in students and in closing the achievement gap. Aligned with the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, students are prepared to be successful in school and to be active, lifelong learners. The mission of AVID is to ensure that ALL students will succeed in a rigorous curriculum, complete a college preparatory path, participate in extracurricular activities of the school, increase their enrollment in four-year colleges, and become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society. AVID’s systemic approach is designed to support students and educators as they increase school wide/ district wide learning and performance. Students may be enrolled in regular, honors, IB Diploma and Advanced Placement classes, as well as the AVID elective. The elective meets daily; students will learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking, ask probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college attainable. With improved confidence, AVID students will become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.

The AVID Elective Class:

  • Is a three-year college prep program

  • Is an academic, student support system

  • Is a daily class where students develop writing, reading, inquiry and collaboration skills while designing their college and career goals

  • Counts toward high school graduation

The AVID Elective is the core of AVID Secondary. It targets students in the academic middle with the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college and come from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. AVID students will:

  • Succeed in rigorous curriculum

  • Complete a college preparatory path (via honors/AP/IB classes)

  • Engage in activities of the school

  • Increase their enrollment in four-year colleges

  • Become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society


We encourage all students to thoroughly research the best program for their academic needs.  To qualify for the program, students should meet the following criteria:

  • Reside in the Taft attendance boundaries  

  • Demonstrate a need for the program

  • Demonstrate a desire to attend college  

  • Be in the academic middle  

  • Have a solid attendance and behavior record.  Please ask the person writing your recommendation letter to address any situations that may have impacted your attendance or behavior record.

  • Commit to take honors, IB Diploma, or Advanced Placement courses to meet graduation requirements.​​​​​​​

  • Agree to meet the student responsibilities and expectations listed in the AVID Contract.

Email Juan Salinas (Jgsalinas@cps.edu) if you have any questions

We are designing a new website for
Taft High School

Educational Networks is currently designing a new website for Taft High School. It will look beautiful when we finish it. But it will take a few weeks.

What you are looking at is not your new website. It's just a temporary site that allows us to build the content areas while our designers are working on the new design. When the new design is finalized, all the content on this site will be automatically transferred to the new website, and this site will be closed. This way, your new website will already contain a lot of content from day one. Sounds exciting?

Although this temporary site is accessible on the Internet, it is not advertised anywhere. It is just our secret place that allows us to do our work.

Join Us! It will be fun!

We promise, you will love it! The new website will not only look beautiful, but it will be also very easy to update. It will be a place for the entire community. Not only the website administrators, but also teachers and staff members will be able to post information on their own sections. If you are a teacher, you will be able to easily create pages to introduce yourself to the community, build your own photo albums, upload videos, create class pages, and even post homework assignments that will be displayed not only on your class pages, but also emailed to the parents and students automatically every day.

How easy is it?

Very easy! If you use the most standard Internet services such as email and Facebook, or do online shopping on websites like Amazon.com, you are already qualified. No worries...

When do I start? How?

You can start right now! Whatever information you post on this temporary site will be automatically transferred to the new website when we launch it. And you can continue posting updates and even more information afterwards whenever you like.

Here is how:

Go to: http://tafths.enadmin.org

Just log in if you have already been provided your login credentials. If not, call our technical support team at (866) 473-0400 so that we can create your account. It will take only a minute.

The rest will be easy. Upload your profile photo, create as many new pages as you wish, create your classes, photo albums, and even your own video gallery.

After each update, come back to this website, and refresh. You will see that all the information you posted is displayed on this temporary website. And when we officially launch the new website, everything will be transferred automatically in no time!

If you need any help, call our support team at (866) 473-0400.

Welcome to Educational Networks! We look forward to seeing your pages and hearing from you!