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AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)
AVID Administrator: Dagny Waldeland


Open to: 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students, by recommendation of school staff

Length: 4 years - Year-long Class

AVID Counselor: Marie Hassell
Middle School AVID and/or interview and application process

AVID is a nationally recognized program that supports students who have shown academic promise but need preparation for college. Students gain academic skills and are supported in their other courses by the teacher

AVID Elective Teacher: Pat Hauser
and special tutors. There is an expectation that students will take advanced placement and honors courses with assistance as they progress through the grades at South High. Students stay in the program for their four years of high school. AVID class meets five hours per week. There is
AVID Elective Teacher: Erick Taggart
an emphasis on analytical writing, preparation for college entrance exams, study skills and test taking, note taking and research. Students receive two hours of instruction per week in college entry skills, two hours per week in tutor-led study groups, and one hour per week team building
AVID Elective Teacher: Allison Witham
and motivational activities.

AVID is an in-school academic 4 year support program that prepares students in the academic middle for college eligibility and success. AVID‘s target population are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling

AVID Lead Tutor:Leah Moreno
short of their potential. AVID addresses the needs of the least served and disadvantaged students who have no experience in the traditional college preparatory program. Not only are students enrolled in challenging classes such as honors and advanced placement, but also
in the
AVID Coordinator & Elective Teacher:Tanya Hodge
AVID elective class. For one period a day, 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.

AVID Site Team Member Social Studies: Laura Wagner

The AVID student profile:

  • Average to high test scores
  •  2.0 to 3.5 grade point average (GPA)
  • Good attendance
  • College
    AVID Site Team Member Math: Morgan Fierst
    potential with support
  • Capable of completing a rigorous curriculum
  • Has the motivation and desire to prepare for entrance into a 4 year college

Meets one or more of the following criteria:

AVID Site Team Member Science: Mick Hamilton
• First in family to attend college
• Belongs to an ethnic group traditionally underrepresented in college
• Low income
• Faces special circumstances that may be obstacles to achievement