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AVID, an acronym for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is an "untracking" program designed to help underachieving students with high academic potential prepare for entrance to colleges and universities.

Salem Church Middle School is implementing this nationally recognized in-school college preparatory program, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), to serve select students across all three grade levels. These students demonstrate strong academic potential but need support to reach their potential as they may face obstacles to achievement, may be from underserved populations, or may be first-generation college enrollees.


Through early intervention AVID teachers guide students toward honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment classes, and support them in being academically successful.

Every AVID student is enrolled in an AVID elective class where they learn study skills, Cornell note-taking, time management strategies, and critical thinking skills. They participate in twice-weekly tutoring sessions, college and career seminars, and collaborative study groups. Students explore college options and may have opportunities to tour university campuses.

In Salem Middle School, AVID is one tool that we are using to help close the achievement gap and preparing students for four-year college eligibility, as the program fosters a safe, open culture, high expectations for teachers and students, and collaboration in all classrooms. Regardless of their life circumstances, AVID students overcome obstacles and achieve success!


Additionally, the AVID system calls for the use of WICOR Strategies, which are used to foster deeper learning.  Feel free to preview this presentation for more information about WICOR Strategies  Writing is a learning tool, a personal and public communication tool, and serves as a record of thinking. Students who write consider audience and purpose, engage in various writing processes to address specific situations, support their thinking, and demonstrate understanding.

Within the Writing Process of WICOR, students will learn how to use Cornell note-taking. The CORNELL WAY is a structured note-taking process with four distinct phases: note-taking, note-making, note-interacting, and note-reflecting. By taking Cornell Notes, students are learning a college readiness skill that will support them in processing and retaining important content material.  This video outlines how the taking and processing of Cornell Notes will help support student learning. 

Inquiry is uncovering one's understanding, asking critical questions, engaging in thinking, learning and discussion. Students who inquire analyze and synthesize materials or ideas, clarify their own thinking, probe others' thinking, and work through ambiguity.


Collaboration is teamwork with shared responsibility, sharing of ideas, information and opinions, and formal and informal discussion. Students who collaborate work together toward a common goal, develop positive interdependence, work in focused study groups, and support the learning of others through inquiry. 

Organization is managing materials and practicing methodical study habits, planning and prioritizing school, work and social tasks, engaging in mental preparation and goal-setting, and strategically and intentionally taking responsibility for one's own learning. Students who organize develop and use processes, procedures and tools to study effectively, manage their time through prioritizing and goal-setting, are prepared for courses, participate during instruction and interact with instructors, and self-direct, self-evaluate, self-monitor and self-advocate. 


Reading is strategically gaining meaning, understanding and knowledge from print and other media, purpose-driven, and interactive. Students who read understand text structures, apply prior knowledge and make connections to other text, self and world, make predictions and ask questions, and create visual images as they read. 


Students interested in applying for a place in the program for next school year, can participate in an informational session to be held Spring 2019.  At this time, the application process will be explained, applications and teacher recommendation forms will be distributed. Interviews will be conducted in May. Acceptance letters will be mailed in June.


Students interested in being part of this beneficial program can inquire by contacting the school counselor for AVID, Mrs. Lindsey Collins at lindsey_collins@ccpsnet.net, the AVID teacher, C. Renee Stevens at carolyn_stevens@ccpsnet.net, or by calling the school at 804-768-6225.