AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination is a college readiness system designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance. AVID serves almost 100 students and helps them set goals and gain skills to help make the dream of college a reality. FMMA embraces the AVID mission and employs its strategies in all classrooms. For more information contact Ms. Alexander at 239-936-1759.
AVID is an elective course taken during the school day. Students are selected to enroll in an AVID class, after an application process. For one class period a day, they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. As students progress in AVID, their self-images improve, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for other students. The AVID curriculum is based on rigorous standards, developed by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading. AVID curriculum is used in AVID elective classes and in content-area classes (English language arts, math, science, and social studies) in AVID schools.