Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
Asheboro City Schools is committed to high student achievement. Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a fourth- through- twelfth grade program to prepare students for four-year college eligibility. Currently, AVID is being implemented at both North and South Asheboro Middle Schools in 7th and 8th grades and Asheboro High School, grades 9 and 10. AVID has a proven track record in improving student achievement and closing the achievement gaps. 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 students are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. In some situations, these students will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income minority families.
AVID offers students the opportunity to enroll in rigorous courses by providing the necessary support for students to be successful. Strategies for success are taught in the AVID elective class that is offered one period a day to AVID students. The AVID elective focuses on organizational and study skills, critical thinking skills, how to ask probing questions, and academic help from tutors twice a week. The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is driven by the WICR method, which stands for Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, and Reading. AVID curriculum strategies are used in content classes by teachers who have been trained in the WICR strategies.
Students participate in AVID on a voluntary basis. Potential AVID students are identified by teachers, and names are given to the AVID School Site Team. Applications are distributed to identified students during the spring semester. Students and parents may also request applications for AVID. Information sessions are held each spring. Applicants and their parents are interviewed by the AVID School Site Team to select students for the following school year.
Asheboro City Schools AVID Contacts:
Jennifer C. Smith, AVID District Director
Julia Bynum, NAMS AVID Site Coordinator
Keri Hill, SAMS AVID Site Coordinator
Jennifer Hoover, AHS AVID Site Coordinator
For additional information about AVID, visit www.avidonline.org