Program Coordinator: Ms. Kristen Martanovic
AVID Elective Teachers: Ms. Kristen Martanovic (AVID 1, 3); Ms. Cady Baer (AVID 2, 4)
What is AVID?
AVID is an internationally recognized college preparatory program, which prepares high-potential students to complete a challenging high school curriculum and enroll in a two-four year college/university. The AVID elective class is designed to increase students’ achievement, develop skills in writing for learning, achieve success in honors classes, and become an effective learner in groups. Students admitted to this program must be enrolled in the AVID elective class that is part of the student’s six period daily schedule. AVID students enhance their study skills, develop their organizational skills, learn to set realistic goals, and manage their time in order to enhance all aspects of their education.
- Speak with high school students and college students
- Learn with trained facilitators and college tutors
- Participate in tutorial groups twice a week
- Manage your grades
- Develop note-taking skills for all academic subjects
- Use writing as a tool for learning
- Develop your critical reading and thinking
- Participate in Socratic seminars and goal-setting skills
- Conduct college research
- Student-centered inquiry and collaborative teams
- Engage in problem-solving activities
- Develop time-management skills
- Participate in motivation builders and hear guest speakers
- Conduct student-led conferences
- Lead discussions and participate
- Develop presentation skills
- Attend college campus tours
- Take College Entrance Exams
Who is an AVID student?
AVID students are students in the academic middle, capable of completing a college preparatory path with support. These students often are not realizing their full potential academically. In the identification process a number of criteria are considered, including:
- Average to high test scores on FCAT and End of Course Exams
- 5 – 3.5 Weighted Cumulative GPA
- College potential with support
- Student desire and determination
- First in family to attend college
- Historically underrepresented in 4-year colleges
- Economically disadvantaged
- Other special circumstances
While all of the criteria are considered for acceptance into the program, no single criteria will necessarily eliminate a student from consideration. Students participating in exceptional student education, gifted and talented programs, and ELL will be considered for AVID based on the criteria listed above. Currently, there are a number of students from these groups successfully participating in the AVID program. AVID is offered as an elective class scheduled during the regular school day. Students are accepted into the AVID program through an application process.