AVID  - Advancement Via Individual Determination - is a new program meant to restructure the teaching and learning environment for the least served students, who are in the middle academically. This program is for students who have shown promise and will be required to complete the rigorous college preparatory curriculum. Acceptance into this program is a four year commitment, beginning with taking the elective AVID course each year.

The AVID Student

This first year, 40 Freshman students will be selected through an interview process. AVID targets students in the academic middle - B, C, and even D students - 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. Often, they will be the first in their families to attend college. AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation.

The AVID Elective

Not only are students enrolled in their school's toughest classes, such as honors and Advanced Placement, but also in the AVID elective. For one class period, they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. Their self-images improve, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.

The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is driven by the WIC-R method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading.

AVID Coordinator
Reagan Beres
210-356-7678

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