AVID at Gunston


Gunston Elementary is so excited that we were selected to be the first elementary school in Fairfax County to become an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) elementary school. 

One component of this program is building a culture of college and career readiness.  We are collecting college or career swag to hang up in our cafeteria, gym, and throughout the building.  We would love to have as many colleges represented that are a part of our families.  If you have any “flare” such as pennants, t-shirts, stickers, etc. that you are willing to donate to decorate our walls please send them to the office. 

In addition, we are excited to transform a room in our building into a Dorm Room which will be a place for principal lunch bunches and students can earn to go as an individual or class reward. 

FCPS Information Page

logo for avid blue and yellow

Strategies of AVID



Writing to learn




Reading to Learn                                   


Sit with proper posture

Lean forward and listen

Ask questions

Nod your head

Talk with the Teacher



TWO Column

Quote Explanation
Essential Question Response
Main Idea Details



Three Column

Word Definition Example
Math problem Work Answer
Character Problem Solution




  • Stay Organized
  • Use Your Dividers 
  • 3-Hole Punch
  • Keep Your Work/Notes

Costa's Levels of Thinking and Questioning

  1. Has a specific answer that you can find in the text.
  2. Compares texts, requires analysis of information.
  3. More than one answer, asks for an opinion based on facts or personal experience


"When you say AVID, I say rocks!"

Gunston Elementary - Where college is not a dream, it's the plan!