AVID Program helps students prepare for the future
AVID program helps students prepare for the future
Posted on 01/03/2018
AVID program helps students prepare for the future

Perhaps the statistics speak for themselves. In 2016 the average GPA for graduating Puyallup seniors who learned Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) strategies was 3.08. At the same time, the average GPA for graduating seniors across the state was 2.89.

The on-time graduation rate is 100 percent for the past three years for students who spent at least three years in the AVID program.

The Puyallup School District has embraced the AVID program. Beginning in 2005 at Emerald Ridge High School with one class, the district made the commitment to grow the program to all schools, except for Walker High School. Today AVID practices are in all 31 schools, and the district has invested in extensive training for staff.

AVID classroomRogers High AVID classroom

The AVID program uses proven practices to teach students note-taking, organization, collaboration, and higher levels of questioning skills. Students in the AVID elective class at the secondary level have the opportunity to take field trips and tour local colleges.

“AVID’s K-12 College and Career Readiness system uses proven best teaching practices from around the country to deliver comprehensive school-wide professional development to teaching staff,” says Chief Equity and Achievement Officer Gerald Denman.

AVID Rogers classroom

AVID classroom

According to its website, “AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.” These are accomplished through:

•  Strategies targeted towards all students.

•  Dedicated efforts to closing the achievement gap.

•  Creating positive environments with peer groups.

•  Emphasis placed on writing, reading skills, critical thinking, teamwork, and organization.

Staff training to promote consistent use of strategies

Over the last 12 years more than 500 district educators have received extensive training in AVID strategies and methodologies. Thirty-one schools in the district have an AVID site team. They meet monthly to share and discuss strategies aimed at academic success for all students.

Many principals begin staff meetings with AVID information so all teachers can use the same strategies in class. Denman said the goal is for all students going into seventh grade to have the AVID skills to build on, even if they don’t elect the AVID secondary level classes. 

“AVID professional development is the largest comprehensive training the district has been involved with over the past 20 years. The funding support provided to the initiative for our children speaks to the foundational beliefs of our school board in what AVID can do for our students.”
Chief Equity and Achievement Officer Gerald Denman

All students benefit

“AVID’s school-wide approach gives all students the strategies they need to be successful in the classroom and in life. We’re thrilled to be able to offer these best practices to our staff, which in turn are an investment in our students,” says Denman.