• The Mission of AVID

    AVID is designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance. The mission of AVID is to ensure that all students, especially those least served students in the middle, are capable of completing a college path:

    • Will succeed in a rigorous curriculum
    • Will enter mainstream activities of the school
    • Will increase their enrollment in four-year colleges, and
    • Will become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • What is AVID?
      AVID is a regularly scheduled elective class that prepares students with academic potential for success in college.

    • What are AVID student expectations?
      AVID students are expected to maintain at least a "C" average in all classes. The AVID student's eventual goal is to enroll in a four-year university.

    • What are AVID parent expectations?
      AVID parents are expected to encourage their students to achieve academically, to maintain regular contact with the site AVID coordinator and to become involved in the activities of the AVID program.

    • What happens in the AVID program?
      The AVID program is three-pronged:
      1. Students receive academic instruction in writing and in the following skills - note taking, studying, test-taking and organization;
      2. Students receive academic support from tutors through collaborative groups and peer counseling;
      3. Students are motivated to pursue academic excellence through college field trips, classroom guest speakers, and AVID team building.

    • How do you recognize an AVID student?
      The AVID student carries a notebook, takes notes in all classes, is prepared for class, is a positive role model for others, and is "on-track" for college.

    What are the benefits of participating in an AVID Cohort?

    It's White Knoll Middle School's goal that students participating in the AVID Cohort experience these benefits:

    • Attend a four-year university
    • Become an educated, responsible leader
    • Improve grade point average significantly
    • Know grades in all classes every three weeks
    • Participate in weekly tutorials in all subject areas
    • Improve writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading skills
    • Focus daily on developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills
    • Learn to successfully engage in debates and class discussions
    • Increase motivation
    • Learn to identify and improve areas of weakness to ensure success after middle school 
    • Participate in college and career investigation
    • Learn time-management, goal-setting, and money-management skills
    • Learn habits of success to understand the power of personal choice in school and life
    • Increase scholarship opportunities