VHS AVID Program
What is AVID?
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a college readiness system designed to increase student learning and performance school-wide, through participation and success in rigorous curricula. It promotes higher levels of thinking, preparation for rigorous courses, student ownership of education, and organizational/study skills.
Contrary to the belief that AVID is for students who "struggle" academically, AVID helps students reach their highest potentials and targets those who have the desire to go to college. The AVID method increases enrollment and success in nationally standardized pre-AP and AP classes, therefore, improving student application and acceptance rates to four-year colleges.
Students attend an AVID academic elective course whose teachers are specially trained through AVID‘s professional development and team planning. AVID students also enjoy the benefits of outside enrichment activities.
Note that the student taking the AVID elective at Vandegrift may look different from what is described on the AVID website. Since the goal of AVID is to prepare students for high school and address the four dimensions of College and Career Readiness (CCR), our hope is that ALL students benefit from the AVID philosophy. We accomplish this task in four ways:
1. The AVID elective class
2. Cornell note taking system
3. The AVID binder
4. Use of the AVID curriculum
Students apply and interview for the AVID Program. Acceptance is based on criteria such as grades, attendance, behavior, Pre-AP and AP enrollment, course enrollment, STAAR scores and special circumstances. AVID focuses on students who are, or may be capable of completing a college-preparatory academic path with extra support and guidance, including first-generation, college-bound students.
How do I apply for the AVID elective class at Vandegrift?
1. Complete an APPLICATION. After completing the written application, return to your current counselor. Current LISD middle school students may return to the counselor February 14 - 16, 2018 when the high school counselors visit the campuses.
If you are a current AVID student at Canyon Ridge or Four Points Middle School, complete the following and return to your current AVID teacher.
2. INTERVIEW with the Vandegrift High School AVID Site Team. Once applications are received, students will be notified of date and time for the interview. No preparation is needed. The interview is an informal time for the committee members to meet applicants face to face and will occur at the students' middle school campuses in the Spring.
3. NOTIFICATION of acceptance into AVID will occur before the last day of school. If there is a delay, applicants and their parents will be notified.
VHS AVID Information
AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
AVID's goal is to ensure that all students, and most especially the least served students who are in the middle:
- will succeed in rigorous curriculum,
- will complete a college preparatory path,
- will enter mainstream activities of the school,
- will increase their enrollment in four-year colleges, and
- will become educated, responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.
AVID's systemic approach is designed to support students and educators as they increase schoolwide/districtwide learning and performance.