AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a program that has been utilized in three of the District’s schools on a trial basis since the 2016-2017 school year. The AVID program focuses on training educators so they can prepare their students for college, careers, and life. The AVID curriculum helps students build skills and develop behaviors that will allow them to be more successful in school and throughout life.
As a result of the positive experiences with AVID at Kirkwood and Weber Elementary schools and Northwest Junior High School, the ICCSD Foundation Board of Directors committed its financial support to enable the District to scale this impactful program across more of our schools. In the 2018-2019 school year, the AVID program was expanded to two additional elementary schools, Alexander Elementary and Wood Elementary, and to all the secondary schools.
In celebration of its 60th anniversary year, ACT made a $310,000 commitment to the AVID program in the ICCSD Schools. This gift will allow the District to sustain and expand AVID programming in our schools over the next over three years. “We are incredibly grateful for the commitment that ACT has made to the students in our District,” said Superintendent Stephen Murley. “This commitment will allow us to sustain the AVID programming currently in our schools and expand the programming to reach even more students. We have already seen incredible results and now we can continue our work to close the opportunity gap, while increasing the college and career readiness of all students.” Read more about ACT’s commitment in the press release.
Hear why ACT CEO, Marten Roorda, is excited about this opportunity:
In the elementary schools, AVID focuses on reaching students at a young age to develop academic habits that will make them successful as they continue their education. Organization, study skills, communication, self-advocacy, and note-taking are just a few of skills that are taught and reinforced at the elementary level. At the secondary level, AVID elective courses are offered, allowing students to receive the additional academic, social, and emotional support they need to succeed in their school’s most rigorous courses.
Kirkwood Elementary AVID 2016-2017