What is AVID?

    AVID stands for Advancement via Individual Determination. It is a college preparatory class that helps students learn the skills necessary to take honors and AP classes in high school with the eventual outcome of attending a four-year college or joining the workforce after graduation. Currently, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students participate in the AVID Program at Columbia High school. Mrs. Shiquita West and Ms. Serena Nesmith serve as AVID Elective teachers.


    AVID Elective at Columbia High

    The AVID Elective is the core of AVID Secondary. It targets students in the academic middle with the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. Typically, these students will be the first in their families to attend college and come from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential.

    AVID places these students on the college track, requiring them to enroll in their school’s toughest courses, such as Honors and Advanced Placement®. AVID students learn organizational and study skills, develop critical thinking, learn to ask probing questions, receive academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities to make their college dreams reality.


    School-wide AVID Goals

    • Organization

      • Students will maintain organization of materials and develop accountability through the use of a 3 ring binder with tab dividers for each core subject.

    • Critical Reading

      • Students will increase critical reading skills through interacting with and analyzing texts in all subject areas and will be evaluated using a school-wide critical reading rubric.

    • Focused Notes

      • TBA


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