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AVID at Metcalf


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Jessica Thomas

AVID's Mission Statement

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

AVID Information

AVID Secondary brings best practices and proven methodologies to students in middle, junior high, and high schools. AVID’s goal is to prepare all students in a school for college, starting with the core elective class and expanding schoolwide. 

The AVID Elective class targets students in the academic middle, who have the desire to go to college and are capable of completing rigorous curriculum using the will to work hard. Typically, AVID Elective students will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. In the AVID Elective, students are routinely required to enroll in their school’s toughest courses, such as honors or Advanced Placement®. 

The AVID Student

  • Average to high test scores 
  • College potential with support
  • Good attendance
  • Good behavior in and out of the classroom 
  • Has the desire and individual determination to work hard and succeed 
  • Demonstrates good citizenship
  • Has good school attendance 
  • Displays appropriate classroom behavior
  • GPA: 2.0-3.5 in core classes
  • Able to work well with others 
  • One of the following special circumstances
  • May be first generation in family to attend college
  • Historically under-served in four-year colleges and universities
  • Low-income

AVID Elective

AVID Secondary starts with an elective class for one period a day, where students learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable.


The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is based on best teaching practices in writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading, and it is supported by state and national content standards. AVID curriculum is used in the AVID Elective and content-area classes in AVID schools to guide teachers and students, while planning strategies for success, by focusing on time management and study skills.


Frequently Asked Questions about AVID

If my child falls within the GPA range should they automatically apply? 
If your children fit the above criteria, please apply! If you are uncertain but they fall within the range--apply!  We will be conducting interviews and figuring out the students that are the AVID student and fall into the above categories.  Every student who applies will have their applications reviewed. Each student who fits the above criteria will be interviewed and their current teachers will have to fill out a recommendation.  Decisions will be based on their AVID criteria, answers on the application, the interview, and teacher recommendation.     

Does a student need to be asked to apply for AVID?
No!  Everyone that fits the above criteria can apply.

When can a student apply for AVID?
AVID applications are accepted at any time. Again, it's for the middle student who has the determination, motivation, and willingness to work.  Their GPA and test scores should be in the mid-range for the application to be moved forward.  We, generally, add to AVID during at the quarter/semester breaks. Based on the number of applications we have now, it looks as if we will have a full section for AVID in each grade. Students can apply at any time before and during the school year.  Based on availability, students will be interviewed and accepted into the program if they fit the requirements.   

I have seen the criteria, but it is a bit confusing. Some of what will be done in this elective is appealing to me, as a parent of a child who I believe is college bound, but falls above the GPA range.  

If a student has a higher GPA but wants to go to college and take honors is this for them?  
This is not for students who fall in the 0.0-2.0 or 3.6-4.0 GPA range for core classes.  We look at only the core classes (math, science, lang arts, and social studies) when figuring GPA. Students in the AVID program are required to take a course that is at a high level for them (most is an Honors or higher level Math class).  

Will students in other classes (honors and non honors) get the opportunity to learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking, ask probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable?
Yes, with the new configuration of a middle school, they will have Blaze Time which is currently planned to have enrichment activities taught. These enrichment activities are TBD, but it is planned to have school success strategies to be part of this program.  Here at Metcalf we plan on AVID "schoolwide"--meaning that the AVID strategies are used in classrooms across content.  We currently are schoolwide on the use the AVID binders  Cornell notes, and strategies to help with reading skills.  Non-AVID students will not have the peer/college tutors or the enrichment (field trip) opportunities that AVID students participate in.