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What is AVID?

AVID is an academic program designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success. Learn more at the website.

AVID = Advancement Via Individual Determination  
What Does AVID Do?
AVID targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum, but are falling short of their potential.

Typically, AVID students will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration with AVID’s support.

AVID Students Will:
  • Become stronger readers and writers
  • Utilize structured note-taking and inquiry based techniques in all classes
  • Develop academic and personal goals
  • Build collaboration skills
  • Attend bi-weekly, in-class tutorials
  • Join/continue extracurricular activities
  • Become organized
  • Be held accountable for performance in their core classes
  • Enroll in Advanced Placement classes
  • Prepare for the ACT and SAT
  • Visit colleges and master the college application and scholarship process

The AVID Student must have:
  • An interest in attending a four-year college or university
  • A GPA between 2.0 and 3.5
  • Above average potential
  • A teacher recommendation
  • A commitment to education as shown by attendance and behavior

AVID Application

  • Application is due Jan. 13 in the students' middle school counseling office
  • Application is 5 pages: information page, application, pre-program survey, teacher recommendation help sheet, and teacher recommendation form.
  • A teacher recommendation is due one week prior to the January 13
  • A parent/student interview is the last step in the AVID application
  • AVID has a limited number of of openings, so fulfillng the application process before the regular high school registration is necessary.

AVID has been adopted by more than 3,000 schools in 43 states
Over 90% of AVID students complete four-year college entrance requirements (compared to 36% nationally)
AVID students of color take AP classes at rates much higher than the national average

The AVID Class
All AVID students are enrolled in the AVID class as part of their schedule.

Each week, students will follow the AVID curriculum for two days while two days are reserved for tutorials using questions and material from their core subjects. The final day is reserved for AVID enrichment activities.

The foundation for the AVID class is WICOR:

Class and textbook notes
Learning logs and journals

Skilled Questioning
Critical Thinking Activities

Study Groups
Tutorials and Peer Editing

Binders, planners and other organizational tools
Forcused note taking system

Vocabulary building
Graphic organizers and summarizing

 AVID Coordinator / Elective Teacher  

Kristin Donnelly

prepares students in grades 4-12 for college eligibility and success

• places academically average students in advanced classes

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