AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination,
is a national program with 28 years of success in accelerating
student learning throughout the nation. This year, AVID
schools across the nation send more students to college and have
more students enrolled in 8thgrade algebra than the
national average. The goal of AVID is to prepare
students for the demands of college. The program focuses on
increasing the number of students who take more rigorous
coursework, such as honors and advanced classes.
Once in the AVID class, students are taught
skills, such as note-taking and organization that often are not
explicitly taught in the regular curriculum, but are needed for
college readiness and success. Once per week, AVID elective
classes have motivational days where they celebrate an academic
success, listen to guest speakers discuss college preparation, or
go on college campus tours. The other cornerstone strategies of
AVID are called WICR –
Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, and
Reading. The AVID teachers also use these strategies
in teaching their other courses.
There are three elementary
AVID sites this year: Doherty, Sheiko, and
Roosevelt. New to the Elementary Program this year is the
Certification Process which includes completing an Initial Self
Study in the fall and a Certification Self Study in the spring.
This is the same process that the middle schools and high school
have been following for the last 8 years. West Bloomfield School
District’s secondary AVID
programs continue to prosper. Both middle schools now offer
multiple grade level sections of the AVID elective
class. West Bloomfield High School currently has one section per
grade level and is looking to offer multiple sections in the
future. All six of these buildings sent teachers to Summer
Institute Training, for ongoing professional development.
Abbott Middle School and Orchard Lake Middle School are working
extremely hard to become Michigan’s very first AVID
National Demonstration Schools. AVID National
Demonstration Schools are exemplary models of the program and
demonstrate the very best AVID methodologies and strategies.
Districts interested in improving their own AVID program arrange to
visit these sites which become a showplace for the synergy and
excitement that a strong AVID program creates.