AVID is not just another program… at its heart, AVID is a philosophy to hold students accountable to the highest standards by providing academic and social support.

WHAT IS AVID?

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. It's a kindergarten through twelfth grade system to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. The Pillars of AVID are designed to prepare students for college and success in a global society. AVID's purpose is to:

  • Teach skills and behaviors for academic success.

  • Provide intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships.

  • Create a positive peer group for students.

  • Develop a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination.

WHO IS THE AVID STUDENT?

AVID students are in the academic middle. They are capable of completing a college preparatory path with support. These students often are not realizing their full potential academically. In the identification process a number of criteria are considered. The AVID student:

  • is self-motivated.

  • has few to no attendance or discipline issues.

  • is possibly a first generation college student (first member of the family to attend college).

  • comes from an “underrepresented” group (see below).

  • has grades in the A-D+ range.

  • has a desire to attend a four year college or university(possibly 2 year community college).

  • has a voluntarily decision by the student, NOT the parent

  • demonstrates individual determination and desire to be successful.


Non-negotiable: Student must demonstrate a desire to commit to AVID.


Statistically and Historically Speaking . . .

It is much more challenging for students who meet one or more of the following criteria to gain acceptance into a four-year university as a freshman:

      • Students who come from a low-income family.

      • Students who come from a single parent family.

      • Students with parents who are not college graduates.

      • Students who are “under-represented” racially, culturally or economically in colleges and universities.


WHY DOES AVID WORK?

AVID holds all students to high expectations. With AVID as part of the curriculum:

  • 100% of North Carolina Seniors graduated from high school in 2018.

  • Maintained a 3.5 average high school GPA.

  • 82% applied to a four-year college/university and 77% were accepted.

WHAT ARE AVID EXPECTATIONS?

  • Recommendation of one year or more commitment an AVID

  • Must attend AVID elective class

  • Participation in tutorials, collaborative groups, field trips, Socratic seminars, Philosophical chairs, and motivational activities

  • Maintain satisfactory attendance and citizenship in all classes

  • Display positive, respectful behavior in all classes

  • Maintain the digital AVID ebinder with Cornell notes in all classes

  • Maintain a grades of C+ or higher

  • Complete all homework assignments and commit to studying every night

  • Signed AVID Contract

What AVID Is Not:

  • A remedial program

  • A free ride

  • A school within a school

  • A quick fix


AVID has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap.

Who Are We?

This is AVID

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BMS AVID STUDENTS

Meet our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade AVID classes.

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