Parents and Students - Please see the Application page for more information on joining AVID in 2013!
GCISD is proud to continue phasing in AVID in grades 6-11 for the fall of 2013. The mission of AVID is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID focuses on writing, inquiry, collaboration, reading and strategies for success that include organization, time management and study skills.
GCISD AVID Student of the Month - Mark Swope
By: Mrs. Roberts, Grapevine High School
Because: Mark is a sophomore and second-year member of AVID. I can say ceaseless great things about him. He has the highest GPA of any student in AVID. He has taken more Pre-AP classes than on-level classes in both years of high school. Since meeting him two years ago in his interview, he has grown immensely in his public speaking ability and confidence in general. The greatest testament to him is how his other teachers describe him. He has been described as “one of the kindest, most polite students I have ever had the pleasure to teach,” and as “an extremely hard worker and doesn't ever complain or give up.” Another teacher praises how “Mark always does his work…asks great questions when he doesn't understand, and…is consistently enthusiastic about chemistry.” His Pre-AP art teacher credits him for “working very diligently in class to come up with original ideas.” And finally, his nominating teacher, Ms. March, says, “his dedication to learning is inspiring.”Clearly, my colleagues find Mark as awesome as I do, and he is an excellent representative of what an ideal AVID student should be: an intellectually curious, dedicated, and responsible student achieving great things. He is one of GHS’s best and brightest, in and outside of AVID!
The AVID course is one in which any student could benefit. AVID is a campus-wide college readiness support system that will work hand-in-hand with the core content courses to prepare students for challenging, rigorous work. In the AVID elective class, students engage in writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading strategies to help them master rigorous academic content. High expectations are paired with strategies for success (such as note taking, time management, organization and goal setting) and in-class Socratic-inquiry tutorial sessions so that students excel in advanced courses and are prepared for the rigors of university work. AVID students become the model of college readiness, which is a foundation of the LEAD 2021 strategic plan. Students must apply to be in the AVID elective class. AVID Site Teams at each campus review student applications and interview students to determine students who meet the expectations and would benefit the most from the class. Participation in AVID is a high honor that any student would want to attain. Students and parents who are interested in the AVID course should see their campus counselor for an application.