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AVID at James Denman Middle School

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"The AVID Mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all

students for college readiness and success in a global society."

What AVID is...

  • AVID is an acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.
  • AVID is an in-school academic support program for grades 5-12 that prepares students for college eligibility and success.
  • AVID places academically average students in advanced classes.
  • AVID levels the playing field for minority, rural, low-income and other students without a college-going tradition in their families.
  • AVID is for all students, but it targets those in the academic middle.
  • AVID is implemented schoolwide and districtwide.

What AVID isn't...

  • AVID isn't a remedial program.
  • AVID isn't a niche program.
  • AVID isn't a college outreach program.

The AVID Student

AVID targets students in the academic middle -- 2.0-3.5 GPA and Basic and above CST scores -- who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation.

AVID Statistics

One of the keys to AVID's success is in the percentage of AVID seniors who are accepted to four-year colleges.  Stats on AVID students:

  • 95% are accepted to a four-year university
  • 71% are attending a four-year university
  • 24% are attending a two-year college
  • More than 80% of AVID graduates have been enrolled  continuously in college since leaving high school
  • 100% applied for FAFSA vs. 34% non-AVID seniors

AVID Center Site

Program Coordinator
Ann Lyon Assistant Principal
Belinda Shillingburg Teacher
Camille Steneck Teacher
Ann Wolf Teacher