What is AVID at Smoky Hill?
It is a community that will… motivate you to succeed, empower you to self-advocate, improve your reading and writing skills, and enhance your abilities to organize and collaborate. In other words…it is an in-school family that will support a student's commitment to be College Ready!
Caption: 2016 AVID College Fair at the University of Denver
AVID is a national program that focuses on strategies for success and college orientation.
- W – Writing: Occurs through journaling, article reading and analysis, tutorial summary writing, note-taking, argumentative writing based on Friday discussions.
- I – Inquiry: tutorials to ask students guiding questions that allow them to discover a solution to their own problem, Friday discussions on current event topics.
- C – Collaboration: Group projects, peer tutorials groups, Friday discussions
- O – Organization: Biweekly binder and planner checks, thinking maps and other organization tools, Cornell notes
- R – Reading: Articles on current events, AVID Annotation techniques, and OneBookOneAVID (yearly book read by AVID class).
- College Applications – College essays and applications are completed in class with the help of tutors.
- College Funding – Students can receive one on one help with FAFSA applications, students are eligible for specific AVID only scholarships including the SHHS $3000 scholarship, CCSD AVID Scholarship, and students apply for potential scholarship opportunities in class.
- College Visits/Guest Speakers – Over the 4 years students visit CU, CSU, UNC, Mesa, Metro, UCCS, UCDenver, University of Wyoming, Western State, and DU. Professionals from the community are invited to speak to the students about their jobs and the importance of college.
- Community Service – AVID Blood Drive, Take a Stand for Kids, Craft Fair, Walk for Sudan, Habitat for Humanity, Fire Within, Sponsor a Student for Xmas
Does it work?!?
In 2015-16 the CCSD office of accountability conducted a comparative study AVID vs non-AVID students within the district. The group survey 899 AVID and 889 non-AVID high school students. The following statistically relevant results were shared.
- Achievement orientation (AVID: 4.60, Non-AVID: 4.34)
- Academic self-efficacy (AVID: 4.24, Non-AVID: 4.13)
- Behavioral Engagement (AVID: 4.21, Non-AVID: 4.06)
- Cognitive Engagement (AVID: 3.65, Non-AVID: 3.55)
- School Belonging (AVID: 4.03, Non-AVID: 3.93)
- AP Participation Rate (AVID: 42.6%, Non-AVID: 35.3%)
- Weighted GPA (AVID: 3.2, Non-AVID: 2.66)
In Their Words
- "I believe that AVID has given me the habits necessary to be successful in college and beyond" – Senior, Smoky Hill
- "AVID has made me a better student by pushing me to be the best I can be. Plus I am still able to go to my previous AVID teachers for help, even though I no longer have them" – Junior, Smoky Hill School