Today, AVID is implemented in more than 6,400 schools in 47 states across the U.S., plus schools in Department of Defense Education, Canada, and Australia. AVID impacts nearly 2 million students in grades K–12 and 50 postsecondary institutions. Schools and districts have taken methodologies and strategies from the elective course and implemented them school wide and district wide to impact their entire communities. Leander ISD offers the AVID Elective course to students in grades 7-12. These are students who have the desire to go to college, the willingness to work hard, and the determination to succeed.
At the middle and high school levels, AVID students receive support in an academic elective class – called AVID – taught within the school day by a trained AVID teacher. AVID gives students access and opportunities to participate in rigorous courses such as pre – Advanced Placement, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate while helping students with organizational, time management, critical thinking, reading, writing, and speaking skills. Students participate in collaborative tutorials twice a week led by trained tutors to help support them in their rigorous courses. The AVID curriculum used in the elective classes is based on rigorous standards utilizing instruction in the research-based WICOR methodology of writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading. Content teachers throughout each campus also utilize the strategies to transform students in all classes from passive learners into active classroom contributors, problem solving collaborators, and critical thinkers.
Freshmen students in AVID classes also receive a modified curriculum of Professional Communication, a class required of all Leander ISD freshmen.
School wide impact achievement results from the professional development received by subject area teachers, counselors, administrators, district administrators, and especially through the success of the students targeted for the AVID elective. Data shows that 93% of AVID students complete 4 year college requirements, 90% of AVID students who apply to college are accepted, and 85% persist into their second year of college. AVID students have higher attendance rates and 100% graduated on time.
In order to participate in AVID, teachers nominate students for the program or students may request an application themselves. Applications are reviewed by the campus AVID site team and students are also interviewed by the AVID teacher as part of the selection process. The interview helps assess the critical element of “individual determination” on the part of the student.
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We welcome all inquiries about this amazing program. For further information, contact Leander ISD AVID District Director, Tamara Porras or 512-570-0313.