Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
Ms. Shanel Norwood

Phone: 703-706-4400


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Ms. Shanel Norwood

Ms. Shanel Norwood hails from the Oklahoma, the Sooner State. She started her teaching career with Manassas City Public Schools, where she has experience teaching grades 1-4. Ms. Norwood joined the Jefferson-Houston team in 2014 as an English Language (EL) teacher. After witnessing the positive impact of AVID, Ms. Norwood knew she needed to be a part of the AVID program. She currently serves the school in two capacities, EL teacher and AVID elective teacher/site coordinator.

AVID Overview

  • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)AVID Structure WICOR

    Jefferson Houston is in its second year as an AVD school. AVID at JH is part of the MASS-VI Eastern Division Region and is part of the fasted growing AVID systems in the United States. AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, has a mission to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. The AVID Secondary elective course enrollment in grades 7 and 8 includes thirty-six students with more than 60% receiving free or reduced lunch. More than 90% of the AVID 8 students were enrolled in the AVID elective as 7th graders. These students are often in the “academic middle” and typically members of an under-enrolled sub-group in four-year higher education institutions. Students must apply and are accepted into the program where the year-long class focuses on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading strategies.

    They greatly benefit from in-class college age tutor support twice a week. One-hundred percent of students are expected to enroll in at least one course of rigor and also take a sequence of courses that meet future college entrance requirements. Students enrolled in four years of the elective in ACPS, on average, will visit more than 20 different college and universities. Additionally, higher education institutions are becoming more aware of the AVID student and are developing scholarships and onsite visits targeted at AVID programs across the Mid-Atlantic Region. These students are also leaders on and off the school campus and regularly support community and service opportunities. As AVID continues to grow, so do the opportunities for our students. Students hear from various guest speakers regarding the college-going process and career exploration.

    Recruitment is Underway!

    AVID recruitment is underway in all of ACPS's secondary sites through the month of March. Students in grade 5-9 who meet the required criteria have an opportunity to complete an application and interview with a panel of staff, students, and tutors. Parent overview sessions are currently taking place at schools. Contact our school's AVID site coordinator for more information.

    AVID Student Team Building    

George Mason University - Early Identification Program (GMU-EIP)

  • George Mason University- Early Identification Program (GMU-EIP)

    George Washington MS and ACPS are in their eighth year of a partnership with GMU. The Early Identification Program recruits first generation college-going students late in middle school and provides wrap-around support to ensure they are college ready by the time they graduate. While working alongside 7th grade counselors, the GMU staff ask recommended first generation students to submit an application, which is reviewed at the university by a panel. Currently, ACPS has thirty-six 8-12 students in EIP. During the after school support sessions, student receive academic mentoring from GMU undergraduate students. Students also are afforded an opportunity to dig deeper into math and science concepts one Saturday a month while visiting campus. In preparation for rigorous classes, students spend three weeks attending a Standards of Learning (SOL) preparation course during the month of July each summer while a participant in EIP. Recruitment occurs only during the spring of students’ seventh grade year. Once accepted, they remain a part of the program until they graduate. Application fee support and scholarship opportunities are available to those students who met specific criteria and wish to attend GMU once they graduate high school. The current 8 th grade cohort has an average GPA of 3.2 and is doing exceptional. For more information about GMU EIP, please contact Jodie Peters at

    EIP Student Group Photo