Editor's Note: The following announcement comes from Hopkins Public Schools.
Preparation for college might evoke thoughts of ACT scores, college visits, or high school graduation, but for students at Hopkins, the journey begins much sooner than that.
The AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program at Hopkins is a nationally recognized approach ensuring that all students, especially the least served students who fall in the middle, are successful in a rigorous curriculum.
Recently, North Junior High has been recognized by the AVID Center as an AVID Certified Site. Mara Brown is the eighth-grade team leader at North and teaches science and AVID 7. She has seen first-hand the effect it has on students.
“The ‘D’ in AVID stand for determination and that’s really what this program brings out in the students. It helps them grow and gives them the skills they need to make it to the college level,” said Brown.
AVID director and AVID 10 teacher Shannon Bailey stresses that the AVID program is not just for struggling students.
“The idea of AVID is not only to help students who may not be currently reaching their full potential, but also to act as a guide and support system for high ability students as they continue their journey through high school to college – especially if they are a first generation college student,” said Bailey in a report sent out to parents.
North Junior High becoming an AVID Certified Site marks another milestone in the growing program. Hopkins’ AVID secondary program includes AVID elective classes in grades eight through 12 and seventh-grade at North Junior High.
“There are exciting things on the AVID horizon here at Hopkins,” said Brown. “We’re in the process of expanding [the AVID program] to the sixth-grade level and in the mean time, we’ll continue to prepare kids and give them a jump start on preparing for college.”