School Spotlight: Maple Grove Middle School’s AVID Program
Maple Grove Middle School students are growing their academic skills through a program called AVID. The program is designed to prepare students for high school and beyond.
AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Development. AVID teacher Julia Fromm-Mohlencamp explained that lessons are revolved on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading.
“Students don’t always feel comfortable or prepared when they enter the cultural spaces in higher education,” she said. “So we also work on teaching secret skills and secret things they need to know in order to thrive on that environment.”
Principal Patrick Smith said these skills along with critical thinking are taught at an early age in hopes of embedding it into the students many skill set.
“It allows students to have that confidence and courage to achieve that dream in the future, whatever that means for them,” said Smith.
Fromm-Mohlencamp has taught AVID classes prior to coming to Maple Grove Middle School. She said she’s seen it first hand on how far reaching the program is.
“Students have gone onto college telling me how much easier it is,” said Fromm-Mohlencamp. “How much having a foundation, note taking and critical thinking has impacted their confidence.”
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