AVID helps students build skills they will need to become college graduates. Students enroll in rigorous classes and in the AVID elective. The pillars of the curriculum are strong writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading skills. For one period a day, students learn skills, such as:

7th and 8th Grade
  • Organization
  • Goal Setting and Grade Checks
  • Note taking and Study Strategies
  • Tutorials with College/Adult Tutors
  • Community Service
  • College Exploration
  • WICOR Strategies

AVID students participate in activities (like Service Learning) to enrich their learning, motivate them, and make college seem possible. These students gain an improved self-image and become academic leaders who are prepared for college. All students can benefit from AVID, but its target is the least served students in the academic middle.

AVID Program Overview

-Contents from AVID modified by WAPS.

Application Process

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Who is an AVID student?

AVID is a program for students in the academic middle who are underachieving, underrepresented in colleges, or first generation college students. They are bright students who are not performing in school at their maximum potential, therefore AVID provides mentorship, skills, and academic monitoring.

What does it mean to be in AVID?

To be an AVID student means you will enroll all year long for a class called “AVID Elective.” It is during the regular school day like any class, but you will specifically learn strategies and skills that will help you achieve more academic success. The expectation is that you will then take the skills you learned in AVID Elective and use them in your other classes so that you will become college-ready. The goal is that every AVID graduate would qualify to go to a 4-year college if s/he chooses. An AVID student is expected to maintain at minimum a GPA of 2.0 in all courses, have good attendance, attitude, and actively participate in all classes while using the strategies that are taught in the AVID Elective. Twice a week, tutorials are run by college tutors that support the questions students have about difficult content.

What types of activities do you do in the AVID Elective class?

Each level or grade of AVID has its own target standards, but writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading, also known as WICOR, are the core focus of the AVID strategies throughout the program. Determination and individual drive is a key component of the AVID program. Students are expected to keep an organized binder and take Cornell notes in classes and will learn study skills, note taking skills and college/career prep skills. In the AVID elective class, students will also explore potential careers and even visit colleges and universities.

How do I apply?

Students may pick up and complete AVID application forms found in Student Services. Interviews will then be scheduled for applicant consideration for the AVID program. Students should complete the application and turn into Ms. Mlynczak, Ms. Randall or Student Services by the deadline. A teacher recommendation selected by the student is also a part of the application process. New AVID students are informed of the acceptance to the program in the spring.

AVID Teachers

AVID Teachers

7th Grade AVID Elective Amber Mlynczak
7th Grade AVID Elective Tommy Sawyer
Language Arts Teachers Eileen Dahlin, Cassidy Wade and Barrie Schank
Math Teachers Melissa Shields and Amber Mlynczak
Science Teachers Trisha Johnson
Social Studies Teachers Cody Weadge and Thomas Sawyer
AVID Counselor Kerry Randall
WMS AVID Coordinator Amber Mlynczak