AVID program a success at Sandburg Middle School
This week’s school spotlight shines on the AVID program at Sandburg Middle School in Golden Valley. This is the third year Sandburg has offered a program called AVID and it is paying off for many students.
Step into Terri King’s classroom and you quickly discover that her seventh and eighth grade students are absorbing knowledge and becoming better people.
“We choose our students very carefully,” King said. “We make sure that they are wanting to move forward and really excel and they’re great kids.”
AVID – which is an acronym for Advancement Via Individual Determination – is an application only program.
“I was a really quiet kid before I started AVID,” said Ahkirrah Collier. “So when I got to AVID I started to speak more and do a lot of public speaking.”
“The students who are in the elective class have the opportunity to really hit five key areas,” King said. “Writing, reading, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading.”
AVID preps students for high school
AVID is designed to be a trampoline – giving kids a positive bounce and prepping them for high school level classes where they can eventually earn college credit.
“They are always there for you,” Collier said. “We are like a big family.”
AVID’s goal is to give students a chance to think and dream big, and build self-esteem.
“Being more confident like talking to people, showing leadership,” Collier said. “It also helped me be really organized.”
“Part of the mission is to help students who might be the first in their family to pursue a four-year degree,” King said. “To get on that path.”