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AVID-Advancement via Individual Determination

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination

AVID is not just another program…
at its heart, AVID is a philosophy
Hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge.

AVID is an elective class offered to students who would like to prepare for four-year colleges and universities. Students must have satisfactory citizenship and behavior, good attendance, and a G.P.A. of 2.5-3.75 or higher. Applicants must be motivated to work toward college eligibility.

The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading. AVID curriculum is used in AVID elective classes and in content-area classes (English language arts, math, science, and social studies) in AVID schools.

AVID Site Team Members at McDowell High School:
Jennifer Gant-Math Teacher-Site Team Coordinator
Jessica Ferguson-English/History Teacher
Heather Foster-English Teacher
Autumn Rumfelt-Sophomore School Counselor
Adam Wiseman-ITF
Jennifer Croymans-Titan Academy Administrator
Missy Redmond-History Teacher
Kristen Lewis-Science Teacher
Jennifer Brooks-Health/PE Teacher
Stewart Massey-History Teacher
Natalie Gouge-Director of Student Services-McDowell County Schools
The Sophomore AVID class has chosen their new motto to be used for the next 3 years.
We don't dream of success. We work for it!