2013-14 First AVID Class at SVMS


AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system for elementary through higher education that is designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance. The AVID College Readiness System (ACRS) accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional learning, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.

AVID students are more likely than their peers to successfully complete rigorous academic courses, with more than 73 percent of the 2012 AVID seniors reporting taking at least one higher-level course, such as AP®, IB® or Cambridge®, and 61 percent taking

the corresponding exam. AVID also significantly closes the achievement gaps between groups of students. Regardless of ethnicity or economic background, AVID students complete courses required for admission into four-year colleges or universities at a rate

consistently higher than their peers.

The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading. AVID curriculum is used in AVID elective classes and in content-area classes in AVID schools.


Smithson Valley Middle School Staff Attends Summer AVID Training

The inaugural AVID class is comprised of 25 students from our current 7th graders. Site Team coordinator/teacher, Jessie Hartman, will be leading the students each day in their scheduled AVID class and will organize the class curriculum and activities. Ms. Hartman will also work with her SVMS colleagues to implement AVID methodologies throughout the school.

Back Row (L-R): Monica Ulbricht (Counselor), Mike Keranen (Campus Principal), Bart Cooper (Science), Shannon Cantu (Math), Sandy Boldway (SVMS GT teacher and AVID Instructor) and Dennis O'Brien (History)

Front Row (L-R): Shayla Womble (ELA), Jessie Hartman (Avid Teacher/Site Team Coordinator) and Maria Esparza (Counselor)

Smithson Valley Middle School Counselor

Monica Ulbricht