What is AVID and why is it important?

  • AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.  It is an internationally-recognized, college-readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in rigorous high school coursework, in the four year college or post-secondary education setting of their choice, and in future careers. 


    The core of AVID is an elective class offered in middle and high school. It targets students in the academic middle with willingness to work hard and the desire to excel in high school and college. 


    SMS is in the process of building a 7th grade AVID class which will begin in November 2021.  AVID will continue to be offered each year starting in 6th grade, mid-year.


    Questions?  Please see Shawn Lawrence, Assistant Principal or Laura Foster, SMS AVID teacher (and graduate of the program herself!)


Video library: Testimonials from our AVID alumni (coming soon)