AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.

    The AVID Program is designed to offer an elective class to students who would like to prepare for a college education. Students who choose the AVID program are expected to show exemplary citizenship, good attendance, keep a G.P.A. above 2.0, and be motivated to work toward college eligibility. Currently at BCMS, AVID is running at fullcapacity and has an enrollment of 20 students.

    In middle school, our objective is to prepare BCMS students to succeed incollege preparatory high school classes. The AVID team teachers, the college tutors and the school site team provide the required support for these students who might not otherwise aspire to go to college.

    AVID is part of a series of college prep courses currently being taught in the Saint Paul Schools. Through AVID lessons and tutorials, students improve their critical thinking skills, reading comprehension and written communication. In AVID study groups, students develop theacademic ability to help and be helped by their peers.

    Mrs. Funk, a former AVID elective teacher and coordinator, said "It is never to early to prepare for the rigors of college. Our students arelearning to make academic plans that they can realistically followthrough with as well as learning to make those important decisions thatwill guide them through their academic life."