Welcome to the AVID program!
Offered at Greenwich High School, Central Middle School & Western Middle School, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a national college readiness system with a student-centered approach. AVID begins by identifying a cohort of students in the academic middle from groups traditionally underrepresented on college campuses who have great academic potential. These are often students who will be the first in their families to attend college. AVID delivers a demanding college-preparatory curriculum and facilitates student involvement in extracurricular activities. The goal of AVID is for students to enroll and be successful in rigorous four-year postsecondary institutions and become educated and responsible leaders.
In order for students to be selected as part of their AVID cohort, they experience a rigorous selection process, which includes an application, teacher recommendations, and an interview. The AVID elective is a class that meets as often as core subjects like English or math, within the regular school day. The AVID elective consists of several different elements, making students more successful in all their classes. The class is divided into curriculum days, tutorial days and motivational activity days, which include college and career activities, guest speakers from area colleges and local professionals and field trips to local colleges and universities. AVID motivates students and provides the skills and confidence to reach their goals.
Over time, AVID's impact is felt schoolwide, as passionate teachers with genuinely high expectations use the strategies they've gained from AVID professional learning in all of their classrooms to help all students to become more college- and career-ready. By providing students with support structures, academic strategies, and opportunities to build the capacities outlined in the Vision of the Graduate, AVID empowers all students to take ownership of their learning, prepare for the future, and become tomorrow's leaders.
The GPS AVID program works in partnership with the Greenwich Alliance for Education. The Alliance's AVID SUCCESS Program mobilizes community resources to support AVID students, AVID alumni and AVID faculty to elevate achievement for all students.
For more information about the AVID program, please contact:
Ms. Mara Subach, AVID Site Coordinator, Greenwich High School
Ms. Maria Jukic, AVID Site Coordinator, Central Middle School
Ms. Erin Montague, AVID Site Coordinator, Western Middle School
Ms. Judy Nedell, AVID District Director