An academic preparation program is turning college dreams into a reality for East Lansing students
East Lansing High School is pleased to become part of a national program with the induction of the Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) program.
AVID provides students with encouragement and skill-sets to help them succeed in the classroom and in life. Writing, critical thinking, note-taking, and other study skills are taught through the program and are proven to aid with retention and higher-level thinking. As juniors and seniors, AVID aids in the college application process, writing letters and essays, pre-college testing, and applying for financial aid and scholarships.
Nationwide AVID has proven results:
77% of the enrolled students took at least one course of rigor (AP/Dual Enrollment)
92% completed four-year college entrance requirements
88% of AVID students applied to a four-year college or university and 78% were accepted
87% persisted into their second year of college.
AVID provides students with instructional support and tools that lead to college readiness and postsecondary development. This leads to college acceptance and persistence.
The 2016-17 school year will begin with two trained AVID Elective teachers and 9 trained core area teachers. The team has learned specific strategies to help all students at East Lansing High School achieve and become college ready. The AVID Elective class targets students in the academic middle, who have the desire to go to college and are capable of completing rigorous curriculum using the will to work hard. In the AVID Elective, students are routinely required to enroll in their school’s toughest courses, such as Pre AP or Advanced Placement. The intention is once enrolled, students will participate until graduation.
East Lansing hopes to expand their AVID program during 2017-2018 year to include 8th while continuing with three grade levels at the high school (9th, 10th, 11th). There are numerous AVID programs across the United States but only a few in Michigan including West Bloomfield and Utica. East Lansing is the first high school in the area to offer such a program.
For more information, visit the AVID website at www.avid.org