AVID Seniors Are Making Things Happen!
AVID Class of 2021 Update!
This year's AVID Senior class is made up of 39 exceptional students! These dedicated scholars have committed to AVID for an average of 5 years, 95% of whom have taken at least 1 AP or DE course. This class boasts 1 School Board Rep, numerous club presidents, student-athletes, honor rolls students, and our program's first AP Capstone Scholar. To date, our students have been accepted to 98% of the schools they have heard back from and have been offered over $900,000 in scholarship with more offers anticipated throughout the spring. We are incredibly proud of them! Stay tuned for a Spring 2021 update for college commitments and scholarship updates.
Senior Celebration, Breakfast for Dinner Event
Our AVID Seniors are going places! Over the past years, we have had a majority of students accepted to a variety of in-state and out-of-state, two and four-year colleges and universities. We are proud to say AVID Seniors are required to apply to four or more colleges and must apply monthly to scholarships as part of their participation in AVID. AVID over time prepares them through early exploration of college applications, financial aid requirements, and personal essay development. On average, 80% of our AVID seniors have taken part in the AVID elective for three or more years. Over the past several years have had student collect scholarships ranging from $500 to $40,000 with more than ten receiving full scholarships to institutions. With an ivy league engineering student at Cornell, a pre-med student at Georgetown, and many NOVA Pathway to Baccalaureate scholars starting their journey locally, we are excited to have a 78% persistence rate in year two of higher education.
AVID Seniors, Celebrating the Annual Breakfast for Dinner Senior Celebration
Celebrating Our AVID Class of 2020
AVID Class of 2020 seniors has accomplished amazing things this year. As the seventh graduating cohort, this group of thirty-four (34) students had an average GPA of 3.1 and amassed more than $3.3 mil in scholarships alone. These seniors have a collective total of 140 college acceptances at more than eighty-five colleges and universities. To date, no less than five students have received full tuition/ room and board to a higher education institution, equivalent to a “full ride.” Approximately 80% of these seniors have been enrolled in AVID since their freshman year and have embodied the “AVID way.” Additionally, this cohort earned on average of 10 dual enrollment college credits. Sixty-eight percent of these students took both the ACT and SAT and 94% completed four-year college entrance requirements and the FAFSA (if eligible). Twenty of the thirty-four nabbed the local Scholarship Fund of Alexandria award.
Students will be attending a variety of universities in the fall such as George Mason, Georgetown, Hampton, James Madison, Marymount, Northern Virginia Community College, Old Dominion, Randolph, Virginia Commonwealth, Univ. of Virginia, and Virginia State to name a few. Sixty-five percent plan to attend a four-year college or university and 29% plan to attend a 2-year college. With 94% enrollment in college and one choosing to take a gap year, our goal has been met, which was to ensure all students have a plan that includes post-high school advanced learning and educational training. For more information regarding AVID Seniors nationally, please see AVID.org
Check out this feature that celebrates our very own AVID 12 and ACPS School Board Student Representative, Wilmer Carranza, who was named as a 2020 Posse Scholarship winner.
Partnerships are Valuable: Annual engagement with local community partners such groups such as Beta Nu Boule Young Scholars Program, a local two-year non-profit mentoring program for young men starting during the Junior year is one example. Upon completion, over the past three years, ACPS AVID Seniors have been awarded more than $50,000 towards college with renewal options.