What are others saying about AVID?
"AVID revolutionizes the way teachers teach in public school." - Scott Pelley, CBS 60 Minutes II
"AVID steers these average students into more demanding courses while giving them the academic tools to make it." - USA Today Editorial, Aug. 23, 2005
"If districts are serious about getting kids up to speed academically, they should greatly expand their AVID class offerings. The wildly successful program has been helping at-risk students make the most of their academic potential for more than two decades…the very students whom most school districts are trying without much success to bolster. Success is standard procedure for AVID graduates…The program is so solid that AVID students in California have been 'knocking the socks off' their counterparts on the exit exam…" - San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial, March 16, 2004
"AVID sends 77 percent of its graduating seniors on to four-year colleges, roughly three times the statewide rate. As hard as it may be to believe, this state-funded program only survived this year's budget gauntlet by a fingernail. This latest evidence suggests it ought not to be fighting for survival, but for expansion." -Sacramento Bee Editorial, Oct. 16, 2003
"I don't know any single person in the country who has done more for our school children than AVID founder Mary Catherine Swanson." - Jay Mathews, The Washington Post Columnist, Author, Class Struggle: What's Wrong (and Right) with American's Best Public High Schools
"… what AVID shows is that high minority achievement can be more ordinary when schools not only insist on academic rigor but also offer personal support. AVID offers a blueprint for this scaffolding." - Richard Rothstein, New York Times
"Today (AVID) is widely regarded as one of the most effective educational reforms ever created by a classroom teacher. The results have been extraordinary." - Andrew Goldstein, Time Magazine
Source of information: AVID Online.
[pictured: Ms. Moser's 8th grade AVID at Timberwood Middle School]
"I joined AVID because it is a program that helps you for the future with college. It also places you in honors courses to push you." - Ashton S. - Humble Middle School