Parents & Students
AVID targets students in the academic middle who have the potential to succeed in advanced courses, particularly:
- First Generation College Students
- Economically Disadvantaged Students
- Students from groups underrepresented in higher education
- Students with special circumstances
The selection process is as follows:
- Students are recommended to the program by a teacher, counselor, parent or themselves
- Interested students complete the application process and are interviewed
- The AVID site team (composed of an administrator, counselor, AVID site coordinator, and teachers) selects students to enroll on their campus
AVID Student Expectations
- Students must enroll in the AVID elective course which is taught during the school day.
- A contract is signed by the middle or high school student, parent, AVID Coordinator, AVID Administrator
- Students in AVID must commit to taking college-prep courses, including honors and Advanced Placement.
- Students must pursue participation in extracurricular activities and community service.
- Students must maintain an AVID binder with an agenda.
- Students must have a daily dedicated time for homework, studying and working on projects.
A Week in AVID
- Monday - AVID Curriculum
- Tuesday - Tutorials
- Wednesday - AVID Curriculum
- Thursday - Tutorials
- Friday - Guest Speakers, Team Building, Socratic Seminars, Field Trip
- Writing - Students receive instruction in writing to learn strategies, the writing process and timed writing
- College & Careers - Investigation of colleges, college majors and career choices
- Strategies for Success - Time management, organizational and study skills.
- Collaborative Study Groups- Facilitated by college students
- 10-step Tutorial Process based on Socratic Method - Use of inquiry to guide student learning
MISD AVID Student Testimonials
“helped me become a more organized and responsible person. Before joining, I always had all of my papers thrown everywhere. But now everything is in one place where I can find it. AVID has also helped me become more social. I was never a talkative person (and I’m still not) but AVID is a place where I can freely express my thoughts, like a safe haven.” - 10th grade student
“opened my eyes to another option after high school that can make my life a million times better.”- 9th grade student
“impacted my life by making me more organized in school. I haven’t even thought about college before AVID, but now I have thought about my whole life through college graduation and a few years after that.”- 8th grade student
“improved my organization a lot. I have an organized binder, so when my teacher tells me to pull out something, I can easily find it. It has also helped improve my grades with tutorials. It gets a lot of my homework questions answered and I understand my homework better.”- 7th grade student