Salem Church Middle School is implementing a nationally recognized in-school college preparatory program, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), to serve students in grades 6–8.These students demonstrate strong academic potential but need support to reach their potential as they may face obstacles to achievement, may be from underserved populations, or may be first generation college enrollees.

Through early intervention AVID teachers guide students toward honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment classes, and support them in being academically successful.

Every AVID student is enrolled in an AVID elective class where they learn WICOR strategies (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading), study skills, focused note-taking, time management strategies, and critical thinking skills. They participate in twice-weekly tutoring sessions, college and career seminars, and collaborative study groups. Students explore college options and may have opportunities to tour university campuses.

In Salem Middle School, AVID is one tool that we are using to help close the achievement gap and prepare students for four-year college eligibility, as the program fosters a safe, open culture, high expectations for teachers and students, and collaboration in all classrooms. Regardless of their life circumstances, AVID students overcome obstacles and achieve success!

Taught by Ms. Stevens