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AVID (Advancment Via Individual Determination)

AVID’s Mission Statement:

 

AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

 

What is AVID?

 

In an effort to more fully meet the needs of its students, Stacey has integrated an early outreach college preparatory program—AVID, an acronym for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The goal of the program is to help the “B” and “C” student reach his/her true potential with additional support.  It also helps AVID students aspire to attend a 4-year university. 

 

Students who graduate from AVID in middle school and high school will be guided to complete their 4-year college entry requirements. It is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. Accomplishing these requirements is about a 75% higher advantage than the overall student population. 

 

It is a “self-sufficient” program at Stacey.  Therefore, all students in the program must also make a commitment to individually succeed in school academically and behaviorally, raise funds for college and cultural field trips, and volunteer to do community service hours. 

 

 

Objectives of AVID: 

 

To provide academic instruction and other support to students and to prepare for eligibility in the AVID program in high school and for eligibility to a 4-year university

 

To increase academic “coping skills” of student participants

 

To motivate and support students to seek college education throughout 7th and 8th grades and throughout high school*

 

To increase participant levels of career awareness

 

 

AVID Activities:

 

Learn to be motivated

Enhance reading and critical thinking skills with Costa’s/Bloom’s Level of Questioning

Improve note-taking and test-taking skills for all classes

Serve our community on and off campus

Visit college campuses

Engage in collaborative learning

Develop success strategies

Work in study tutorial groups with college tutors in class twice a week

 

 

AVID may be right for your student if your student:

 

  • Possess intrinsic motivation
  • Has excellent attendance
  • Strives to get their best grades in school
  • Wiling to do 2 hours or more of homework nightly
  • Commits to do service hours and/or leadership before and after school
  • Has excellent citizenship
  • Wants to attend a 4-year university
  • Willing to raise funds for field trips
  • Be the first one in the family to attend a 4-year university
  • If you are interested, please fill out an application in the spring for the following year. There will be interviews as well. Contact Mrs. Valverde for additional information. Good luck!
 
Use this link to access Mrs. Valverde's Haiku page for AVID:
 
 
To apply for the AVID elective class, click on the link below and print out an application. Be sure to fill it out carefully and turn it in before the deadline.