Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

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    The AVID system is playing a key role in closing the achievement gap and ensuring that students get to college. AVID has seen tremendous gains in growing participation rates in elementary through high school, increasing grade point averages (GPAs) and increased enrollment in rigorous courses.

    AVID is a system that enables college access for self-determined students who are typically underrepresented in four-year colleges, students in the academic middle and those who may be the first generation in the family to attend college. The program plays a critical role in preparing students for college readiness and involving families in the creation of pathways to success. The AVID program ensures that all students have the tools they need to succeed beyond high school.

    It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap.  The AVID Schoolwide model can bring about systemic change across an entire campus by increasing the instructional impact through strategy instruction in writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading, or WICOR.  AVID Schoolwide examines and reflects on leadership, instruction, school culture, and systems and works to decrease achievement and opportunity gaps by further promoting post-high school planning.  In essence, the AVID system supports equitable practices and opportunities for ALL students.

    The AVID elective course in the secondary model targets students who are typically under-represented in four-year colleges, students in the academic middle (2.0-3.5), those determined to attend post-high school institutions, and students 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 35+-year-old program, visit the AVID website.

    Fast Facts

    • More than 600 ACPS students are enrolled in AVID for 2018-19 at Francis C. Hammond Middle School, George Washington Middle School, Jefferson-Houston School and T.C. Williams High School. The AVID Elementary Schoolwide model has now been extended to Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology and Patrick Henry School.

    • More than 90 percent of all AVID 6-12 students are enrolled in advanced coursework, or honors, advanced placement, or dual enrollment course each year. With student retention on the rise, cohorts have nearly doubled in grades 9-12 since inception in 2008. As a result, additional AVID Elective sections have opened in middle schools.

    • More than 78 percent Free and Reduced Price Meals (FARM) students and approximately 70 percent of first-generation college-going students participate in the AVID elective.

    • Cohorts have doubled over time and retention in the elective course is at an all-time high of 80 percent.

    • Grade point averages (GPAs) have increased more than 0.5 percent in the high school grades and a majority of students are taking at least one course of rigor, including honors, advanced placement or dual enrollment courses.

    • More than 98 percent of middle school students are taking an honors course and are successfully completing Algebra in the eighth grade.

    • AVID seniors have boasted a 100 percent on-time graduation in and college acceptance rate for the past three years.

    • Four T.C. Williams High School AVID students were chosen to be AVID student leaders at the annual AVID Summer Institute being held in Philadelphia, Pa. this summer.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

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    Jodie Peters   

    AVID District Director/College Support

    Curriculum and Instruction/College Readiness Team
    Alexandria City Public Schools
    1801 W. Braddock Road
    Alexandria, VA 22302

    703-824-6784
    jodie.peters@acps.k12.va.us

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