What is AVID?

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, and is a program that prepares students in the academic middle for admission to a four-year college or university. Students take an AVID elective course throughout middle school and high school that provides them with the skills needed to be successful in advancing academically with the ultimate goal of attending college. At Dana Middle School, AVID is currently offered as a yearlong elective class in the 7th and 8th Grades.

AVID Curriculum

The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. AVID is based on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading (WICOR). AVID activities and curriculum are based on the premise of best teaching and learning practices. An AVID classroom and school revolves around the WICOR essentials and helps support student learning.

AVID Mission Statement

AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

What happens in the AVID Program?

The AVID curriculum includes: note taking and study skills, essay writing, college/career activities, twice weekly tutorials, motivational activities, time-management/goal setting skills, guest speakers, and field trips to area colleges / universities and cultural locales.

How do I apply for AVID at Dana Middle School?

To apply for the yearlong elective, AVID students must have satisfactory citizenship, good attendance, and a GPA between 2.00 and 3.50. AVID students must also be motivated to work toward college eligibility. An application and interview are required prior to admission into the year long AVID elective. Applications are available in early Spring.

Our AVID Team

7th/8th English - Ms. Jones
7th/8th Math - Ms. Shinkle
7th/8th Science - Ms. Acosta
7th/8th History - Ms. Pina-Villanueva
7th/8th AVID Elective/Coordinator - Ms. Williams