Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a system to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap.
AVID targets students who are typically under-represented in four year colleges, students in the academic middle (2.0-3.5), and those who may be the first generation in the family to attend college. All AVID students who have the desire to take part in this ongoing elective course are required to complete an application and take part in an interview prior to being selected. For more information on the nation-wide success of this 30+ year old program, visit www.avid.org.
In its fifth year in ACPS, the AVID elective class is available to students in grades 7-12 at Francis C. Hammond Middle School, George Washington Middle School, and T.C. Williams High School. Current enrollment is at 360 students, a 20% increase from last year.
Currently, there are nine middle school sections and nine high school sections of the AVID elective in ACPS. More than 85% of all AVID students are currently enrolled in an honors or Advanced Placement course this year. Additionally, a number of junior and senior AVID students are taking part in the NOVA dual enrollment courses.
2012-2013 marked the first graduating class in ACPS, with 11 seniors advancing to either a two or four year college, along with three enlisting in the military. This group of eleven students netted more than $100,000 in grants and financial aid, six are first generation college attendees, and one received a full scholarship to Howard University. We look forward to all of the wonderful things our AVID students accomplish over the course of the year!
Mr. Robert Logan and Ms. Denise Rupert, AVID Center MASS-VI Director, conducted a walk-through visit of ACPS AVID sites on October 9, 2013, alongside District Director Jodie Peters. Together they viewed AVID elective classroom instruction at Francis C. Hammond Middle School, participated in tutorials at T.C. Williams High School, visited with a tutoring team at T.C. Williams Minnie Howard Campus, and observed an AVID Site Team meeting at George Washington Middle School. AVID Site Teams are working to increase their accountability and continue their growth according to the AVID Center Certification System, which gauges implementation efforts according to the 11 Essentials, or underpinnings of the AVID system.
- October 30, 2013: FCH to Howard University
- November 6, 2013: ECMC College Night in VA
- November 9, 2013: AVID Day with the University of Maryland Terps
- December 12, 2013: GW at Botanical Gardens and Kennedy Center
- ACPS AVID Fall 2013 Newsletter
- T.C. Williams AVID Students Kick off the 2013-14 School Year by Volunteering
- ACPS AVID Teams Dream Big at AVID Summer Institute
- AVID Students Participate in College Fair and Hear Motivational Speakers
AVID District Director/IB MYP Division Coordinator
Alexandria City Public Schools
1508 Mount Vernon Avenue/ALL Center
Alexandria, VA 22301