These are often the students who will be the first in their families to attend college and are from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. AVID Secondary equips teachers and schools with what they need to help these students succeed on a path to college and career success.
To address this need, AVID has developed the AVID Elective course. For one period a day, students receive the additional academic, social, and emotional support that will help them succeed in their school’s most rigorous courses. Districts have the flexibility to decide how many AVID Elective classes to start and which grade levels will implement AVID first. Additionally, in middle school, the language and literacy needs of long-term English language learners can be addressed through the AVID Excel elective class.
The Rotary Club of East Cobb was the presenting sponsor for this program @ Wheeler High School in Marietta, GA., four years ago. As part of our agreement, we decided to provide $15k-$20k each year for the first 4 years. This project is an on-going core program for our club. It is most difficult to guess the full impact year to year but it is a life changing event for these students and their families. Additionally, it offers an additional training for the teachers and the ripple effect in our local community and beyond.