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2020-2021 MJHS AVID Application
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2020-2021 MHS AVID Application
  » MHS AVID Teacher/Counselor Recommendation Form
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college-preparation program that is offered as an elective class to students at Marshall High School and Marshall Junior High School looking to prepare for entrance into a four-year college or university. The class is designed to help students acquire skills and behaviors they will need to do well and gain acceptance to four-year colleges and universities upon graduation from high school.

Students are taught study skills, note-taking, time management, organization, reading, writing, collaboration, and research skills, while learning about college and career options for the future. AVID students learn both in the classroom as well as outside of classroom through field trips to colleges, universities or other cultural sites.

The elective class includes time for tutorial groups, where students receive help with material from their other academic classes. AVID recruits students who are motivated to do well and are willing to work hard to make success a reality, now and in the future.

AVID students are also expected to maintain an average of 75 percent or better in all courses.


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


The AVID College Readiness System began in 1980. It was developed by Mary Catherine Swanson, a teacher who believed that all students were capable of completing rigorous curriculum, given the appropriate skills and support to do so. For more than 30 years, AVID Secondary has been responsible for accelerating the learning of students and promoting a schoolwide college going-culture. Currently, AVID is implemented in more than 4,900 schools in 45 states and 16 countries/ territories. AVID impacts more than 700,000 students in grades K-12, as well as students in 28 postsecondary institutions. AVID in MISD is implemented in grades 9-12.

Schools implementing AVID at the highest levels of fidelity show significantly higher student achievement across all academic and course enrollments. AVID’ belief is that students receive messages about expectations for college from the environment in which they learn. Therefore, it is important for students to be immersed in an academic, college-going environment. The AVID campus exemplifies a college-going culture.

The AVID System increases school-wide learning and performance for ALL students in grade K-16. The AVID System restructures the teaching methods of an entire campus and opens access to curricula that will ensure four-year college eligibility and academic success for students.

AVID has been closely studied by numerous research teams and individuals. AVID’s student success has been demonstrated and documented by various third party studies. The Texas Education Agency lists AVID at Berkner High School on its What Works Clearinghouse.


Students who are accepted into the AVID College Readiness System are expected to enroll in rigorous courses, maintain above average grades, have good attendance, adhere to AVID elective expectations, and demonstrate positive school behavior. Upon acceptance into AVID, student and parent/guardian sign a contract commitment to remain in AVID for the entire current school year. The AVID College Readiness System provides students an opportunity to develop and/or expand their academic skills, explore their interests, and develop leadership skills through a variety of engaging experiences. Expectations of and for AVID students are high level.


AVID targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are currently falling short of their potential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation. AVID College Readiness System offers encouragement, tutoring, enrichment and an extension of experiences that will help students prepare for success in four-year colleges and universities.

Potential AVID students possess some of the following characteristics.

● Average to high test scores
● Average GPA (“B” and “C” grades)
● College potential with support
● First in family to attend college
● Special circumstances that require additional support
● Parent and student have desire and determination
● Positive attitude toward learning, grades, and school
● Potential for growth as a student
● Consistently puts forth effort in doing work
● Demonstrates an appropriate level of maturity
● Demonstrates willingness to work with others
● Demonstrates willingness to exhibit appropriate school behaviors
● Demonstrates a desire to learn
● Performs below his or her ability as determined by scores on state and benchmark tests or by teacher observation
● Takes responsibility for his/her own actions
● Good attendance record at school and in class
● Motivated to do well
● Desire to be in the program
● Shows strong aptitude for math and language (may be verbal).


● Recruitment takes place at Marshall Junior High School in early December. The recruitment process entails a presentation on AVID to all eighth-grade students. A parent information session is also scheduled for a date following the MJHS presentation. All students interested in participating in AVID must complete the application process; a student interview is part of this process. Applications for 8th grade students are available through designated Marshall Junior High School eighth-grade teachers, campus counselors, and MISD Curriculum office. In January, all 8th grade students interested in applying to AVID submit an application. Applications must be submitted by the date as determined by MISD. Acceptance or regret letter will be sent to all students who submitted an application at the end of February.

Students who are currently enrolled at Marshall High School may apply to AVID through their counselor’s office. Acceptance is based on established AVID criteria.

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