Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.AVID Elective is the core of AVID Secondary, targeting students in the academic middle—B, C, and even D students—with the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These hard-working students typically become 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 are placed firmly on the college track, with the system requiring them to enroll in their school’s toughest courses, such as Honors and Advanced Placement®, and our own district’s Higher Start pathway. To support them in the rigorous coursework, AVID students learn organizational and study skills, develop critical thinking, learn to ask probing questions, receive academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities to make their college dreams reality.
AVID Educators ensure success with highly specialized training and role assignments. The AVID Site Coordinator is a respected site instructional leader and works well with secondary school personnel and college students. The AVID Site Coordinator organizes curriculum as well as activities for the AVID Elective classes and is committed to serving the needs of the students. The AVID SC also works with colleagues and counselors to implement AVID methodologies school wide, place students in college preparatory curriculum, and guide students through the college application process. The AVID SC no only embeds best teaching practices, supports students, develops family and community outreach, but also works with the districts and divisions that oversee AVID’s implementation.
AVID Parents encourage their students to achieve academically, participate on an advisory board and in AVID Parent and Site team meetings, as well as maintain regular contact with the AVID Coordinator. Many parents and students also participate in AVID Family Workshops and campus events at their schools. AVID Parents will soon have a link to help them explore resources to help them support their students in pursuit of college entrance and success.
AVID Community support is vital for a strong AVID Secondary implementation. Businesses and Service Agencies can support AVID by providing speakers and summer apprenticeships for AVID students. Colleges can demonstrate their support for AVID in many ways, such as providing class speakers, offering college credit courses or summer programs to AVID high school students, or following the progress of AVID students during their college careers. Stay tuned for what happens in exemplary AVID schools, and how you and your organization may participate.What part of AVID will you join?
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