SHS's AVID Program will be visiting Texas Tech University this week. AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges. Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served students in the academic middle. SHS's strategy is simple - raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support, they will rise to the challenge.
There are currently 55 students at SHS officially enrolled in AVID (14 freshman, 22 sophomores, and 18 juniors). AVID Booster Club spokesperson Christi Adams would like to remind everyone that Sponsorships are available to interested persons that make field trips, such as the one to Texas Tech, possible. These sponsorships, at $25 a piece/per child, go directly toward class supplies, tutors, achievement awards, meals, and field trips to four year colleges - where students gain first hand knowledge about the institution. All sponsors receive a personalized picture and message from the child they help. A sponsorship form can be downloaded here.
At the high school level, AVID students are enrolled in their school's toughest classes, such as Advanced Placement®, and receive support in an academic elective class - called AVID - taught within the school day by a trained AVID teacher. In the accelerated elective class, AVID students receive support through a rigorous curriculum and ongoing, structured tutorials. AVID elective teachers support AVID students by providing academic training, managing their tutorials, working with faculty and parents, and by helping students develop long-range academic and personal plans.
Today, AVID has been adopted by nearly 4,500 schools in 47 states, the District of Columbia and 16 countries/territories, and serves approximately 400,000 students, grades 4-12 (as of school year 2009-2010). Schools and districts have taken methodologies and strategies from the elective course and implemented them schoolwide and districtwide to impact their entire communities and create articulated programs for college success.