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AVID is a study skills and college track program at MHS offered for ninth through twelfth grades. It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students and closing the achievement gap. 

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. 

Coursework includes the tutorial method which reinforces learning, enabling students to gain a deeper understanding of a specific topic within an academic area. Students prepare and present questions and peers provide feedback in a supportive educational environment. Students learn to use organizational methods including Cornell Notes, a tool used in law schools, and apply new strategies to excel in the classroom.

The AVID Student

AVID targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curricula 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. 

From their first day as freshmen and throughout the next four years, discussions include college profiles, college preparation, majors, college selection, career goals and paths for transforming goals into reality. An emphasis is placed on making college affordable through merit scholarships, grants and financial aid.

AVID is:

  • an academic support system
  • a contract for success
  • a graded elective class
  • a rigorous academic program
  • a college readiness program
  • dedicated to developing lifelong learners

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AVID College Visits

University of Iowa, Coe College, Cornell College, DePaul University, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Lake Forest College, University of Illinois Chicago, Notre Dame University, University of Wisconsin Parkside, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. 

Colleges interested in hosting MHS AVID students should contact Melissa Schaefer, AVID Site Team Coordinator.
(contact info at bottom of page)

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* Schaefer, Melissa Teacher, AVID Site Director 847-949-2200 x1562
Behrens, Kristen Teacher 847-949-2200 x1065
Billittier, Ernie Teacher 847-949-2200 x1007
Gaughan, Patrick Teacher 847-949-2200 x1161
Ku, James Counselor 847-949-2200 x1103
Lumsden, Jenna Teacher 847-949-2200 x1519
Malham, Nicole Teacher 847-949-2200 x1157
Smigielski, Samantha Counselor 847-949-2200 x1253
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