Benefits of AVID at Karns High School

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     AVID Student of the Month- Ella Reynolds 




    Karns Avid in the News!


    KCS AVID Student of the Month is Carma Luster, a Freshman at Karns High School. Karyn Lee, the Freshman AVID Elective Teacher recognizes Carma for her hard work not only in her AVID elective class but her ability to utilize the skills she is learning in AVID in her content area classes. Carma is applying the writing and note-taking strategies she learns in her AVID elective class across all disciplines. Way to go Carma for being a great example of a focused AVID student!




    Advancement via Individual Determination


    What AVID is...

    • AVID is an acronym that stands for Advancement via Individual Determination.

    • AVID places academically average students in advanced classes.

    • AVID is for all students, but it targets those in the academic middle.

    • AVID has a selection criteria and interview process for admittance into the program.


    What AVID is not...

    • AVID is not a remedial program.

    • AVID is not a free ride.

    • AVID is not a niche program.

    • AVID is not a college outreach program


    The AVID Elective

    AVID students are more likely to take AP classes, complete their college eligibility requirements, and get into four-year colleges than students who do not take AVID. Almost all AVID students who participate for at least three years are accepted to college, with roughly three quarters getting into four-year universities. AVID also helps ensure that students, once accepted to college, possess the higher-level skills they need for college success.

    For one period a day, AVID elective students learn organization and study skills, work on critical thinking, asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable.  Their self-image improves, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.

    The AVID Curriculum
    AVID’s teaching strategies, curriculum, and training are used not only in the AVID elective class, but by subject-area teachers schoolwide. AVID strategies are developed considering the foundation of WICOR, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading. 



    Contact Bethany Burnette, AVID Coordinator at