It is an exciting time of the year, as we are beginning to recruit for next year's fantastic AVID program that we offer here at DHS.
AVID is an academic program that promotes a track to college and provides students the motivation, support, and the success plan to get into college after high school.
AVID is looking for students who are motivated but may need a little extra support in the classroom to be academically challenged. In AVID, they are placed into courses that will make them college ready, with additinoal support in the form of AVID tutorials and college tutors available to assist them twice a week during the AVID elective. AVID is a great way to buidl in a small community within a large high school. If you are a part of our program, you are a part of our AVID family.
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:
- State Test Scores
- 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. The AVID program should reflect the demographics of the school it is serving.
Students participating in special 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.
Once Selected for AVID, What are the Student Requirements?
AVID students must:
- attend an AVID elective class
- enroll in one or more advanced academic class (Honors & AP at the High School level and advanced classes at the Middle Level) each semester
- maintain satisfactory citizenship and attendance in all classes
- maintain the AVID 3” binder with assignment/grade record sheets and daily notes in all classes
- complete all homework assignments and commit to studying every night
What AVID Is:
- an acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination
- an in-school academic support program for grades 4 – 12 that prepares students for college eligibility and success
- for all students, but it targets those in the academic middle
- implemented school-wide and district-wide
What AVID Is Not:
- a remedial program
- a free ride
- a school within a school
- a quick fix
- an affirmative action program
- for students who don’t want to be there