AVID's Mission Statement:
AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and career readiness and success in a global society.
AVID was created by one exceptional teacher who recognized that students from low-income families without a college-going tradition could succeed in high school and be college ready.
In 1980, Mary Catherine Swanson was teaching English at Clairemont High School when San Diego schools were being desegregated. Students from urban schools were being bused to the suburbs. Many teachers thought that these students wouldn’t be able to succeed, but Mary Catherine believed that they just needed the opportunity and the right support.
She recruited 32 low-income, diverse students with average grades (C students) and enrolled them in college preparatory classes and an elective class she designed to develop study skills, provide tutoring in collaborative study groups, and focus on writing for learning. The simple formula remains the same: raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge.
AVID is being used in 47 states as well as 13 other countries. AVID is currently located in over 5,000 schools, serving over 1 million students! These numbers are only rising.
AVID at Fort King:
Here at Fort King we have three sections of the AVID Elective, one for each grade level. We serve approximately 75 students and hope to continue increasing that number each year. To be a part of our AVID community, students must not only request to join the class, but they also have to participate in a panel interview headed by our school principal and three to four other teachers- kudos to those students who came and did that!
Once the interviews were complete, top scorers were given the first seats. Moving throughout the year, we work on a waiting list in case anyone relocates.
Please reach out to Ms. Beaulieu, our AVID coordinator with any questions.