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AVID McHenry


  • 2.0-3.5 GPA

  • First-generation student in family to attend college

  • Highly motivated

  • 40-60% National Standardized Testing English and Math

  • Application

  • Two letter of recommendation from eighth grade teachers

  • One group interview and one individual interview

Selection Process Timeline

  • October: information sent out to middle schools

  • November: receive recommendation letters from middle schools, informational meetings with students, Program Pitch Night

  • December: Recruitment Info Night, students submit applications

  • January- Student interviews, students are selected

What is AVID?

AVID stands for "Advancement Via Individual Determination." AVID is a career and college readiness elective offered to 9th-12th graders that targets students who are in the middle of the academic path. AVID students refine their skills in Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading. Watch the video below to learn more!

The AVID Elective Pathway 9th Grade Transition to High School, Study Skills, Tutoring, Collaborating, Field Trips, Guest Speakers. 10th Grade: Transition to Upper Campus. Reinforce 9th Skills, Career Exploration, Tutoring, Guest Speakers 11th Grade: Advanced Courses Reinforce 9-10 Skills, College Exploration, SAT Prep, College Field Trips, 12th Grade; Reinforce College-level skills, College Applications, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Field Trips

The AVID Elective Pathway (accessible version)

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

Transition to high school

Transition to Upper Campus

Advanced courses

Reinforce college-level skills

Study skills

Reinforce 9th skills

Reinforce 9-10 skills

College applications


Career exploration

College Exploration

Financial Aid



SAT prep


Field trips

Guest speakers

College field trips

Field trips

Guest speakers