Humble ISD is very proud of its outstanding AVID program. The program is relatively new to Humble ISD but has already accomplished a tremendous amount of academic success.
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) was developed by Mary Catherine Swanson at Clairemont High School in 1980 in response to San Diego Unified School District's court-ordered integration of the city's schools. The program began as an elective class taken during the regular school day. Mary Catherine held her students accountable to the highest standards and provided them with academic and social support. She believed they would rise to the challenge.
In 1992 AVID Center was established as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization and the program has evolved into a fourth through twelfth-grade system that successfully prepares students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. Beginning with one high school and 32 students the AVID system is now on the march toward 4,369 schools in 2010.
In Humble ISD AVID operates in every middle and high school in the district under the direction of Susan Tibbetts. The AVID elective class is an opportunity for students to learn skills in organizational, note taking, speaking, writing, and inquiry. Students are tutored twice a week in a socratic style and led by college students who challenge them to achieve new levels of thinking. AVID students experience field trips to colleges, inspirational guest speakers, and the encouragement of their peers in the collective 'family' of the AVID classroom.
This is going to be a wonderful year and AVID is helping to foster bright futures our Humble ISD AVID students.