• The AVID Elective Class

    The AVID elective is specifically designed to assist students in their academic journey and college readiness. It focuses on equipping students with essential skills, including note-taking, organization, study habits, and time management. Additionally, it provides strategies for promoting critical thinking and fostering collaboration.


    AVID primarily targets students who may be the first in their families to pursue higher education or face educational challenges due to their backgrounds. The program aims to encourage and prepare these students for college opportunities by creating a structured and supportive learning environment. It often includes features like tutoring, exploration of college and career options, and inspirational guest speakers to guide and motivate students towards achieving success in both their academic and career pursuits.


    The AVID Elective serves as the cornerstone of AVID Secondary. It is tailored for students who are academically capable and aspire to attend college, especially those who may be the first in their families to do so or come from underrepresented groups in higher education. This program places these students on the path to college by encouraging them to enroll in challenging courses like Honors and Advanced Placement®. AVID students receive support in handling rigorous coursework through the development of organizational and study skills, critical thinking abilities, peer and college tutor assistance, and participation in activities that inspire and motivate them to turn their college dreams into reality.


    Who Should Apply?

     AVID Elective Student Profile

     The AVID student is a student with academic potential:

    • Average-to-high test scores
    • 2.0-3.5 GPA
    • College potential with support
    • Desire and determination

    The AVID student meets one or more of the following criteria:

    • First in family to attend college
    • Historically, underserved in 4-year colleges (e.g., underrepresented as a racial or ethnic group)
    • Low-Income
    • Special circumstances (e.g.,family structure)


    The AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) elective program is designed to support students who are typically in the academic middle and aspire to attend college. AVID elective students often share the following profile:


    1. Desire for College: AVID elective students have a strong desire to pursue higher education. They are motivated to attend college and are willing to put in the effort to achieve this goal.

    2. Academic Potential: While AVID is not limited to high-achieving students, participants should demonstrate the potential to complete a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum. They are students who fall within the academic middle and may benefit from additional support to excel academically.

    3. Diverse Backgrounds: AVID elective students come from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Many of them may be the first in their families to consider attending college, and they may come from traditionally underrepresented groups in higher education.

    4. Willingness to Work Hard: AVID students are willing to work hard to improve their academic skills, organization, and study habits. They are committed to their education and are open to the challenges of rigorous coursework.

    5. Determination: AVID students are determined to overcome obstacles and succeed in their academic pursuits. They have a growth mindset and a strong work ethic.

    6. Potential for College: AVID students may not already have a clear pathway to college, but they have the potential to succeed in college with the right support and guidance.

    7. Collaborative Skills: AVID promotes a collaborative learning environment, so students are encouraged to work well with their peers, engage in group activities, and seek assistance when needed.

    8. Organization and Study Skills: AVID helps students develop strong organizational and study skills, so they are open to learning and improving in these areas.


    It's important to note that while these are common characteristics of AVID elective students, the program is inclusive and designed to support a wide range of students. AVID recognizes that students have diverse needs and backgrounds, and it aims to provide the necessary support and resources to help them succeed in their academic and college readiness goals.


    How to Begin the Application Process

    To initiate the application process, the first step is to contact your student's current school to obtain specific information. Wichita Public Schools middle and high schools have thoughtfully allocated time within the school day to assist students with their application process for the AVID Elective. Engaging in a conversation with the school will be invaluable in addressing any queries or concerns you might have regarding this elective.


    Please note that each student should submit only one application. Additionally, students who are presently enrolled in schools outside of WPS are eligible to apply.



    If your child attends school outside of Wichita Public Schools, and you plan to attend WPS next year, please use the external application link provided here -  https://bit.ly/WPSAVIDElectiveAppExternal 

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