AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college readiness program for elementary through higher education students. The system accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of instruction and provides meaningful and motivational professional learning. In MMSD, students can begin the AVID program as early as 7th grade. When entering high school, students apply to the program and remain in the AVID elective class, with a cohort group of students, all four years of high school. AVID is designed for students who are in the academic middle who need a little extra support and encouragement to be successful in higher level courses. AVID students all have a strong dream of attending a 4 year college and the goal of the program is to get them there.
In Madison, we are fortunate to have a strong partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County. The Boys & Girls Club provides financial support to the AVID program through tutors, school supplies, and field trips. This partnership is integral to the success of the AVID Program. In Madison, we are not just AVID, we're AVID/TOPS. TOPS stands for Teens of Promise, a Boys & Girls Club college readiness program. To find out how you can get involved, go to the Boys & Girls Club website.
AVID/TOPS In The News!
For more information about AVID/TOPS at West, please contact one of our AVID Coordinators, LeeAnn Johnson or Danielle Borneman, or one of our TOPS Coordinators, Brianna Mueller or Natalie Kaminsky in room 1111 at 204-3216.
Pictured below, AVID students from West High School volunteering at Global Youth Service Day in April 2015 by making bracelets for Special Olympics Athletes and preparing food for the Second Harvest Food Bank.