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AVID
Instructor: Heather Mounce   

 
Heather M. Mounce
, District AVID Coordinator/AVID Coach
Bearden Middle School, Knoxville, TN
heather.mounce@knoxschools.org
865-539-7839










Daphne Odom,PhD - District AVID Supervisor
12th Floor, Andrew Johnson Building
daphne.odom@knoxschools.org
865-594-1731

AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) is a college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who successfully enroll in college. AVID targets students in the academic middle –students with a 2.0 to 3.5 Grade Point Average- who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. AVID is a regularly scheduled elective class that meets during the school day empowering students to achieve academic excellence.

Potential AVID students should have: 
  • Average to high standardized test scores 
  • 2.0 to 3.5 GPA
  • College potential with support
  • Desire and determination

What happens in AVID?

  • Students receive instruction in writing, reading, collaboration, inquiry, note-taking, and organization.
  • Students receive academic support from tutors through collaborative group sessions.
  • Students are motivated to pursue academic excellence through cultural and college field trips, classroom guest speakers, and AVID team building activities.

What are AVID student expectations?

AVID students maintain at least a "C" average in scholarship and citizenship, study every night, and enroll in college preparatory classes. The AVID student's goal is to pursue successfully a postsecondary education.

What are AVID parent expectations?

AVID parents encourage their students to achieve academically, to maintain regular contact with the site AVID Teacher, and to become involved in AVID sponsored activities.

What does the research say about AVID?

Independent research, together with AVID's own data, validate that the AVID college-readiness system works.

AVID students are more likely to take Advanced Placement classes, to complete their college eligibility requirements, and to obtain admission into four-year colleges, than students who do not take AVID.

Almost all AVID students who participate for at least three years are accepted into college, with roughly 75% being accepted into four-year universities. AVID also helps to ensure that students possess the higher-level skills they need to be successful in their lifelong academic pursuits.

AVID high school graduates complete course requirements for college entrance rates at 87%-93% regardless of ethnicity or socio-economic status, compared to the national average of 36%. This high rate of success for AVID students contributes dramatically to closing the achievement gap.

Where is AVID?

AVID is in 4,500 schools in 47 states as well as the District of Columbia and 16 countries/territories including all U.S. Department of Defense schools. Large urban schools, small rural schools, resource-rich suburban schools, and struggling schools, all find that AVID meets their goal of successfully promoting college readiness strategies.

In Knox County you can find AVID in the following schools:

Austin-East HS
Bearden MS
Cedar Bluff MS
Karns HS
Northwest MS
South-Doyle MS
South-Doyle HS
Whittle Springs MS

Our First Graduating Class of AVID Seniors!
Austin East High School
Class of 2013

 

Announcements
KCS AVID Trainings Available for YOUR school!
All AVID schools have the opportunity to have trainings come to your school for your entire staff.  We are very excited about the possibilities of moving our AVID schools towards the schoolwide implementation of AVID's best practices. 

AVID Downloads
 AVID Weekly Lesson Plans Template.doc
Weeks at a Glance Template
 Follow-up Teacher Recommendation Form.doc
Follow-up Teacher Recommendation Form
 Is AVID for You-KCS.doc
Is AVID for You?
 KCS AVID Application.doc
KCS AVID Application
 KCS AVID Elective Teacher Contract.doc
KCS AVID Elective Teacher Contract
 KCS AVID Interview Form.doc
KCS AVID Interview Form (Student)
 KCS AVID Site Team Member Contract.doc
KCS AVID Site Team Member Contract
 KCS AVID Student Agreement-Contract HS.doc
AVID Student Agreement - HS
 KCS AVID Student Agreement-Contract MS.doc
AVID Student Agreement - MS
 KCS AVID Teacher Recommendation Form.doc
KCS Teacher's Recommendation Form
 KCS Invitation to interview.doc
Invitation to Interview for AVID Selection
 KCS Parent Night Invitation Letter.doc
Invitation to AVID Parent Night (Awareness Meeting)
 KCS Tutor Contract.doc
KCS AVID Tutor Contract
 Site Team Plan.doc
AVID Site Team Plan
 WICRPostersv09.pdf
WICR Posters
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