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AVID is a program at MHS offered for ninth through twelfth graders to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility.  It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.

AVID   The AVID Student
AVID targets students in the academic middle - B, C, and even D students - who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard.  These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential.  Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families.  AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation.
The efficacy of AVID mission by offering students a more rigorous college preparatory curriculum accompanied by an elective class in which study skills are taught. Students enrolled in AVID take an AVID elective course during one class period each school day. The AVID elective offers a foundation of support for academic preparation and college readiness. The intent is that AVID students learn the skills necessary to be a successful student while in the AVID elective, and then armed with those skills students go on to their now college preparatory schedules and successfully master rigorous curricula. The AVID elective class emphasized collaboration, writing, problem solving, organization, and the Cornell note-taking process.  
Mrs. Franco’s AVID Freshman Class
visits to DePaul University
  • Student Selection – AVID student selection must focus on students in the middle, with academic potential, who would benefit from AVID support to improve their academic record and begin college preparation.
  • Voluntary Participation – AVID program participants, both students and staff, must choose to participate in the AVID program.
  • AVID Elective During School Day – The school must be committed to full implementation of the AVID program, with students enrolled in the AVID year-long elective classes available within the regular academic school day.
  • Enrollment in Rigorous Curriculum – AVID students must be enrolled in a rigorous course of study that will enable them to meet requirements for university enrollment.
  • Reading and Writing – A strong, relevant writing and reading curriculum provides a basis for instruction in the AVID classroom.
  • Inquiry – Inquiry is used as a basis for instruction in the AVID classroom to promote critical thinking.
  • Collaboration – Collaboration is used as a basis for instruction in the AVID classroom.
  • Trained Tutors – A sufficient number of tutors must be available in AVID elective classes to facilitate student access to rigorous curriculum. Tutors should be students from colleges and universities and they must be trained to implement the methodologies used in AVID.
  • Data Collection & Analysis – AVID program implementation and student progress must be monitored through AVID Center Data System, and results must be analyzed to ensure success.
  • School & District Resources – The school or district has identified resources for program costs, has agreed to implement all AVID Implementation essentials and to participate in AVID Certification. It has committed to ongoing participation in AVID staff development.

AVID is:
  • A college readiness program
  • An academic support system
  • A contract for success
  • A graded elective class
  • An honors program
  • A rigorous academic program
  • About creating life-long learners
AVID is not:
  • A fad
  • A remedial program
  • An at risk program
  • A special education class
  • A study hall
  • For gifted and talented


AVID News:

  • Show Me The Money
    The AVID seniors have been working hard for the past three years, and they are starting to see the fruits of their hard work on a daily basis! We spent 1st term applying to five universities, and at this point, over half of the class has been accepted to very prestigious schools!

    Our focus for term two is scholarship! We have set a 1 million dollar goal as a class, and as of October 30, 2014, the senior class has been offered $246,000!

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find out more information about the AVID Program?

Who developed the AVID Program?
Mary Catherine Swanson, an English teacher at Clairmont High School in San Diego, California began developing the AVID strategies in 1980

What schools have AVID?
AVID is an international program whose components can serve 4th-12th grade students. It is currently in over 3,500 schools in 45 states and 15 countries.

Why are Cornell notes used in the AVID program?
Educational research completed by Dr. Robert Marzano's studies show a 34% increase in academic performance.

What do Cornell notes look like?
Cornell notes consist of a question/main idea column on the left side of the page, a note section on the right side of the page with a vertical line separating the two sides, and a summary section at the end of the day's notes.

AVID Seniors-Congratulations!


AVID Seniors show their college pride

NameAscending SortJob TitlePhoneContact
Behrens, Kristen Teacher 847-949-2200 Ext. 1065
Billittier, Ernie Teacher 847-949-2200 Ext. 1007
Fehrman, Samantha Teacher 847-949-2200 Ext. 1008
Franco, Jennifer Teacher 847-949-2200 Ext. 1090
Lopez, Gwen Student Support Services Coordinator 847-949-2200 Ext. 1251
Malham, Nicole Teacher 847-949-2200 Ext. 1157
Schaefer, Melissa Teacher 847-949-2200 Ext. 1562
Stowers, John Teacher 847-949-2200 Ext. 1164
Wiltjer, Alyssa Teacher 847-949-2200 Ext. 1016


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