AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges. Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served students in the academic middle. The formula is simple – raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge.
AVID was established more than 35 years ago with one teacher in one classroom. AVID is a global organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and postsecondary opportunities. AVID today impacts nearly 1.5 million students in 46 states and 16 other countries/territories. Schools and districts have taken methodologies and strategies from the elective course and implemented them school wide and district wide to impact their entire communities. Round Rock ISD offers the AVID Elective course to students in grades 7-12.
At the middle and high school level, AVID students receive support in an academic elective class – called AVID – taught within the school day by a trained AVID teacher. In the accelerated elective class, AVID students receive support through a rigorous curriculum and ongoing, structured tutorials. AVID elective teachers support AVID students by providing academic training, managing their tutorials, working with faculty and parents, and by helping students develop long-range academic and personal plans. As part of AVID, students are asked to enroll in challenging course work, notably pre-Advanced Placement, Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate. The support provided by the AVID class helps pave the way for student success in these college-preparatory classes.
School wide impact achievement results from the professional development received by subject area teachers, counselors, administrators, district administrators, and especially through the success of the students targeted for the AVID elective. Use of AVID methodologies, such as Cornell note-taking and group collaboration, in all classes helps create a college-going culture across the campus.
In order to participate in AVID, teachers nominate students and AVID applications are distributed to these students. In addition to teacher nomination, a student may individually request an AVID application. Students are interviewed by the AVID teacher as part of the selection process. The interview helps assess the critical element of “individual determination” on the part of the student.
RRISD currently has AVID on the following campuses:
CD Fulkes Middle School – AVID Site Coordinator – Cynthia Clement
Grisham Middle School – AVID Site Coordinator – Melissa McSpadden
Cedar Ridge High School – AVID Site Coordinator – Teresa Dang and Caty Hight
McNeil High School – AVID Site Coordinator – Dan Nguyen
Round Rock High School – AVID Site Coordinator – Julie Schier
Stony Point High School – AVID Site Coordinator – Staci Gammage and Kay Oliver
Westwood High School – AVID Site Coordinator – Tia Woods
Early College High School – AVID Site Coordinator – Erika Elizondo
Feel free to contact the Site Coordinator on your campus or the District Director with any questions you may have about AVID.
We welcome all inquiries about this amazing program.
AVID District Director
AVID Administrative Associate