• The (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. The mission of AVID is to ensure that all students, and most especially the least served students in the middle capable of completing a college path

    • will succeed in a rigorous curriculum,
    • will enter mainstream activities of the school,
    • will increase their enrollment in 4-year colleges, and
    • will become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.


    Voluntary participation by students and staff

    AVID elective class availability within the regular academic day

    Student enrollment in a rigorous, college-prep course of study

    Bases of instruction include WICOR Strategies (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading)

    Trained tutors in the AVID classroom

    Data-intensive program monitoring

    Active interdisciplinary site team.

    AVID program essentials include:

    A sample week in the AVID elective class includes two days of tutorials, two days of AVID curriculum, and Friday as activity day and for binder evaluation. The AVID curriculum includes a writing curriculum, college and career information, and strategies for success. Tutorials include collaborative study groups, writing groups, and Socratic seminars. Cornell note taking is stressed in all facets of the program.


    AVID at American Indian Magnet:

    We have an AVID elective at 7th and 8th grade, plus an Indigenous AVID.  The essentials of AVID are taught to all students in most middle school classes.  The AVID Elective Teachers at AIMS are:


    Mr. Besette - AVID Coordinator, Elective Teacher and Indigenous AVID https://www.spps.org/Domain/6974 jason.bresette@spps.org

    Mr.Kurtti - 8th Grade AVID Elective https://www.spps.org/Domain/14110 kenneth.kurtti@spps.org

7th graders are saying...

  • AVID has made me think about college and to have a future

    AVID is helping me keep up on my grades.  And good grades will get me into a good college.

    AVID got me thinking about what college I want to go to.

    AVID taught me how to take Cornell Notes and it helped me with me Ojibwe class.

    AVID helps me understand what I don’t understand.  Cornell Notes helps me remember stuff.

    AVID is helping me get ready for college by going on college field trips.  And it helps me get good grades.

    AVID helps me with organization.

    AVID is helping me keep my grades up.

    AVID helps me stay neat and organized.

    AVID helps me understand problems I have in my classes.

    AVID has helped me through Tutorial Request Forms (TRFs).  Since then, I have gotten better grades.

    AVID has made me less shy and now I am doing much better in Lakota because I speak up more in class.

    AVID has helped me learn how to study in classes like Ojibwe.

    AVID encourages me to keep my grades up!

    Cornell Notes has helped me get organized in math.