Advancement Via Individual Determination

Smithfield Middle School

Career and College Readiness

AVID Site Team Leaders: Marjorie Harris and Patience Spivey

AVID Leadership Team

Marjorie Harris: AVID Site Team Co-Leader


Patience Spivey: AVID Site Team Co-Leader


Crystal Ivey: AVID Enrichment Teacher


AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll and succeed in higher education and in their lives beyond high school. Moving future leaders toward college success and beyond, AVID’s teaching strategies and curriculum build positive teacher-student relationships to ensure student success schoolwide. In the AVID program, students enroll in advanced courses, receive tutorial support, improve study and organizational skills, gain "college knowledge," visit colleges and explore careers, and strengthen their academic writing skills.

Admission into any middle school AVID program requires an application and may require an interview.