Advancement Via Individual Determination, AVID, is a seventh through twelfth grade elective course that prepares students for admission to a four-year college or career path. Students take an AVID elective course throughout middle school and high school that provides them with the skills needed to be successful in advancing academically with the ultimate goal of preparing for college or a specific career path. For more than 40 years AVID has been instrumental in preparing students for success in life.

The core component of the AVID System is the AVID elective. This is a class that supports students as they challenge themselves in rigorous classes as they complete middle school and move on to high school. Students are taught study skills, note taking, time management, writing and research skills, while being immersed in a college and career-readiness culture. The class includes Tutorials, which are highly structured study groups lead by tutors that provide support for success in academically rigorous curriculum. Additionally, the AVID class provides access to information about colleges, universities and trades through field trips, guest speakers.

AVID recruits students who are motivated to do well and who are serious about their academic future. BCMS has space available for 25 seventh graders and about 25 eighth graders for the 2020-2021 school year. We recruit students based on self nomination, staff recommendation, grade point average, and state test results. If you feel your child would benefit from any of the previously stated supports AVID provides, please have your student complete the application, family information, and short answers attached to help us better know your child and family circumstances. There are hard copies at the front desk of BCMS.

Application process:

January 20 - Letter out to teachers and parents for student recommendation
February 27 - Informational meeting for students during Prime Time
March 5 - Informational meeting for parents/students during conferences (beginning at 6 pm & 7 pm in the media center)
March 12 - Applications, family information, and short answer form due
March 18-19 - Student interviews
Week of April 20-24 - Letter of status sent out


All information shared will be used for recruitment and selection of AVID students and will be held confidential. If you would prefer to share this information in person or have additional questions prior to completing the attached forms, please contact Megan Losey, AVID Coordinator, via email, mscherer@bhmschools.org or phone 763.682.8290.


AVID Application

Spanish AVID Application

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