The program is called “Advancement Via Individual Determination” or AVID, and the Los Alamos School Board was sold on it during a recent presentation.
Started 30 years ago by a teacher in San Diego, representatives of the national school program came to Los Alamos recently to see if the Los Alamos Public Schools would be interested in what they have to offer.
The program specifically targets the “academic middle” – students who aren’t in special education programs or enrolled in the Gifted and Talented Education program.
AVID representatives told the board it could be the answer for Los Alamos’ middle school students who have college as a goal, but may need a little help getting there. The program would help students’ writing and reading skills, as well as critical thinking skills so they will be ready for college when they get there.
About a month ago, Los Alamos Middle School officials were tasked by the board to survey staff and parents to see if AVID could work at the middle school. At that meeting, a regional director for AVID, Denise Campbell, made a presentation on how middle school students could benefit from AVID.
Recently, Middle School Assistant Principal Ana Vargas Gutierrez and Principal Mike Johnson presented their findings to the board.