AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

About AVID


The mission of Paint Branch AVID is to ensure that ALL students, especially the under-served students who are in the academic middle, will:

  • AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determinationsucceed in rigorous curriculum
  • complete a rigorous college preparatory path (specifically honors, Advanced Placement, and University of Maryland early college admission courses)
  • enter mainstream activities of the school
  • increase their enrollment in four-year colleges
  • become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society

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AVID Vision Statement

AVID at Paint BranchThe vision of the Paint Branch AVID program is to encourage students to apply to a variety of appropriate colleges and universities, achieve enrollment in a four-year college or university upon graduation from high school, stand out as top notch candidates at four-year colleges and universities, and graduate from four-year colleges and universities and become productive members of society.


AVID 101 (What is AVID?)

AVID 101The AVID Program (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a fourth through twelfth grade program that explicitly teaches students the skills they need to be successful in a rigorous academic curriculum. The goal of AVID is to increase access to rigorous course work for students who are in our general education courses, who possess potential to do Honors and AP work but lack the necessary skills and or support systems to be successful in higher level academic course work. A team of trained educators work together to create opportunities for our under-served students to take higher level courses and eventually attend colleges or universities upon graduation from high school.


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The AVID Student

AVID Students visit GWAVID targets students in the academic middle — B, C, and even D students — 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 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 less challenging courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation.

A potential AVID student needs to fit into all or most of the following criteria:

  • has 2.0 -3.0 GPA
  • is a member of traditionally under-represented or disadvantaged college bound group (i.e. minority group, first generation to go to college, economically disadvantaged)
  • demonstrates a desire and willingness to succeed in college prep, honors and Advanced Placement courses
  • expresses a desire to go to a four-year college or university upon graduation from high school
  • is willing to commit to a four-year program and give up an elective to take the AVID course

AVID Objectives

AVID ObjectivesStudents will be able to:

  • Take Cornell notes to increase comprehension and retention of information.
  • Use effective organizational strategies.
  • Use effective communication skills to increase ability to interact with various people for various purposes and various situations.
  • Use effective writing skills in academic, personal, and professional settings.
  • Use inquiry to solve problems and discover information.
  • Collaborate with peers and superiors to increase their own chance for success.
  • Use effective reading skills and strategies in academic, personal, and professional settings.
  • Build positive character traits and a strong work ethic that will help students achieve academic, personal, and professional success.
  • Research, select, apply to, and gain acceptance to four year colleges and universities.
  • Research, select, and prepare for professional careers that suit their individual strengths, aptitudes, and interests.
  • Research, select, and apply for financial aid.
  • Use appropriate life skills to survive academically, personally, and professionally.

AVID Staff

Kaycee Crump

AVID Coordinator & AVID 9 Elective teacher

Dana Birdin

AVID 10 Elective teacher and AVID Honors English 10

Michelle Newton

AVID 11 Elective teacher and AVID Honors English 9

Rashemah Stridiron

Leslie Greene

Brandy McDonald                              

Maxine Tang

AVID Honors English 11

AVID Honors English 12

AVID 10 Elective teacher

AVID Geometry

Carrie Zwaan

AVID Algebra 1 & Pre-calculus

Kayla Freeman

AVID Algebra 2 & AVID 12 Elective teacher

Deb Mamana     

AVID 12 Elective teacher

Erica Gardes

AVID Honors U.S. History

Chris Bohlen

AVID Honors National State and Local Government

Peter Casis

AVID Honors Modern World History

Felicia Kimmel

AVID Counselor


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