AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is an essential component in moving students toward college readiness. NISD AVID focuses on incoming 7th and 8th graders at Chisholm Trail and Pike Middles Schools and continues through 12th grade at Northwest High School. Chisholm Trail Middle School successfully piloted a 6th grade AVID program that will continue this school year.
AVID provides support structures for students' success in all classes. As an elective class, AVID targets students in the "academic middle" - B, C, and even D students - who have the desire to attend college and are capable of completing rigorous courses by working hard. Each AVID student is required to take at least one Pre-Advanced Placement courses or higher level advanced course each school year while in AVID.
In this course, students are taught study skills, note-taking, time management, writing skills, and research skills, while being immersed in a college-going culture. The class also includes tutoring sessions led by college students and provides support for success in the Pre-Advanced Placement curriculum. Additionally, the class will provide students access to information about colleges and universities through field trips, guest speakers, the aforementioned college tutors, and valuable insight to the college admission process.
What AVID Does
Simply, AVID trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
What AVID is...
- AVID is an "in-school" academic support system that prepares students for college eligibility and success.
- AVID places academically capable students in advanced classes.
- AVID levels the playing field for minority, rural, low-income, and other students without a college going family tradition.
- AVID is for ALL students; however, it targets those in the academic middle with college potential.
- AVID is for students who are willing to work and want to be involved.
What AVID is not...
- AVID is not a remedial program.
- AVID is not a free ride.
- AVID is not a niche program.
- AVID is not an "At-Risk" program.
How AVID Works
AVID brings research‐based strategies and curriculum to educational institutions in elementary, secondary, and higher education. The AVID System annually provides more than 30,000 educators with training and methodologies that develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas throughout the entire campus, in what we call Schoolwide AVID.
- Teaches skills and behaviors for academic success
- Provides intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships
- Creates a positive peer group for students
- Develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination
Mary Seltzer, Ed.D.
Director of Student Services