With Support from FMPS, East High piloted the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program beginning in 2007. AVID helps students reach their full potential, many of whom will be the first in their families to go to college. It assists them with tackling challenging course work and developing skills necessary for college and life success. AVID targets students with a drive to succeed, who fall in the academic middle and dream of creating a better future for themselves. After AVID, students have a higher GPA, graduation rate, and acceptance rate into college than their peers, especially among African American and Latino students.
AVID began with just 28 students and thanks to the program’s soaring success AVID has expanded to all four MMSD high schools. The program owes its success to continued support from FMPS, teachers, and the community including grants from AT&T and support from the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County.
To ensure they have the tools they need, AVID students are enriched by many guest speakers, tutoring opportunities, and college campus visits. Students are empowered to take control of their education with placement in summer internships in various career paths. AVID students also attend college and career seminars, and learn good study skills, critical thinking, and ACT/SAT test preparation. AVID graduates successfully transition to college and have the continued support they need to be successful throughout their college careers.