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AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The word AVID also means having a strong interest, desire, and enthusiasm for something. AVID students develop a strong desire to be our best selves in school and beyond! 

This elective class is for students who have average to high grades and a strong desire to do the work necessary to continue their education.  In class, students focus on Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading (WICOR).  Together, we learn and practice WICOR skills with each assignment.

Students support each other to be successful in rigorous courses. AVID students participate in collaborative learning groups and tutorials that increase understanding and develop higher-level thinking skills.

AVID students visit college campuses, participate in community service, and are leaders in school-wide activities.  Students also develop positive peer relationships, learn to advocate for themselves, and improve self-awareness.

Interested or have questions? Ask Ms. Sparkman or Mrs. Weir or send them an email!

Students looking at a student presenter pointing to a white board
Students in front of a building
Students holding up certificates

Student Goals & Expectations:

  • Group Participation
  • Use a planner/calendar 
  • Complete assignments
  • Take notes in all classes
  • Maintain a “C” average or better in all classes

Learn more about AVID

ACADEMIC RIGOR An engaging academic program emphasizes high-level critical thinking embedded in all core and elective subjects, with rich opportunities for college in the schools and  postsecondary options. Our students are confident, engaged learners, who emerge prepared for college and careers. It is AGAPE’s Philosophy and commitment that ALL students have open and equal access to rigorous courses.

COURSEWORK AGAPE Students enroll in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, career and technical education, art and physical education; Many of our students qualify to take CIS and Career Pathways and other PSEO courses when available.

AVID ELECTIVE  Major Concepts/Content: Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an academic elective course that prepares students for college readiness and success, and it is scheduled during the regular school day as a year-long course. Each week, students receive instruction utilizing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum provided by AVID trained teacher, tutor-facilitated study groups, motivational activities and academic success skills. In AVID, students participate in activities that incorporate strategies focused on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading to support their academic growth. AVID applications are accepted for the AVID elective class at the start of the school year and at the beginning of 2nd semester.

AVID SCHOOL WIDE  AVID strategies are utilized in all core and elective subjects. One of the main goals of AVID, beyond academic achievement of program students, is to create or enhance a college going culture at the school that supports high expectations and levels of achievement for ALL students.