All 31 seniors in the AVID program at Burnsville High School were honored at an event on May 9 when it was announced that 100% of them will go on to further education next year – most to four-year colleges.
They are the fourth group of graduates who have participated in the AVID college readiness program in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. The first graduating class of AVID students numbered 18 in 2014.
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college prep program designed to increase the number of students who go to four-year colleges by helping them acquire the organizational and study skills they need to be successful. Students learn academic strategies, develop critical thinking skills, ask probing questions, use Cornell note-taking and participate in group collaboration. Most of the AVID graduates will be the first in their family to go to college.
"Our school community is extremely committed to your success, and you have answered by taking advantage of the opportunities AVID has provided you," Superintendent Joe Gothard told the seniors. "Please take all that you have learned and apply it to an area of study, a career and involvement in the community that sets you apart. Graduate from BHS on June 9th, with confidence that we believe in you and expect nothing but future happiness and success."
Students shared how participation in the AVID elective class had changed their lives. They gained organizational skills, increased self-confidence and acquired study skills that will support their future success.
AVID began in District 191 in 2009 at Nicollet Middle School, which is now an AVID National Demonstration School, and has expanded to all secondary schools during the 2015-16 school year.