GPS AVID Programs
AVID’s mission is to prepare all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID students are often first generation in their family to attend college, from single parent households, from homes where English is the second language, and from families on the low socio-economic range. After completion of the program, it is expected the students will enroll and be successful in rigorous four-year postsecondary institutions and become responsible leaders. Learn more about the national AVID organization at AVID.org and AVID at Greenwich Public Schools.
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a national college readiness system. AVID identifies students in the academic middle from groups underrepresented on college campuses who have great academic potential. AVID delivers a demanding college-prep curriculum and facilitates student involvement in extracurricular activities. The formula is simple – raise expectations of students and with the AVID support system, they will rise to the challenge.
The Alliance funded the implementation of AVID at GHS in 2008 and later the expansion to Central and Western Middle Schools. The Alliance has invested $690K+ and over 500 students have benefited from the GPS AVID programs. AVID educators are a key component of their students’ success. They attend best in class AVID professional training and many receive GPS recognition as Distinguished Teachers. While GPS now budgets for the majority of program costs, the Alliance continues to fund professional development for AVID educators and other AVID classroom program needs.
In 2013 the Alliance established its Mentoring and Scholarship Program to help GHS AVID graduates navigate their college years and bridge the funding gap faced by many of these students. In 2020, the Alliance launched a new initiative, AVID SUCCESS, to consolidate and grow its AVID-related activities.
2020 Year-End Celebrations
The Alliance and the AVID program administrators/teachers at GHS, WMS and CMS joined together to remotely celebrate the year-end accomplishments of the current AVID students. The students were all thrilled to receive recognition of their dedication and hard work.
On Friday June 5th, the graduation of 36 seniors from the GHS AVID program was celebrated with the delivery of lawn signs, laundry baskets with goodies inside (including $250 gift certificate for college books) and a ZOOM virtual ceremony.
Incoming 9th Graders
On Friday May 29th, 49 current 8th graders were welcomed into the AVID GHS program with the delivery of balloons and small gifts to their homes. Congratulations to all of these students for completing the rigorous selection process.
Graduating 8th Graders
On Monday June 8th, the Alliance and the respective AVID teachers celebrated the graduation of 39 students from WMS AVID program and 10 from CMS AVID program with the delivery of prepared Garden Catering meals to their homes.