Odyssey Academy recently hosted a family night for seventh-grade students and families to learn about Advancement via Individual Determination, an academic acceleration system that has been used nationally for nearly 40 years.
More than 25 students and families met with Odyssey’s AVID site team that included administrators, coordinators, AVID elective teachers and current AVID students. Jeffrey Henley, Odyssey assistant principal and AVID director, spoke about what AVID is and what is does for students while attendees enjoyed pizza and soda.
AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. Michael McGuinn, an Odyssey sophomore and AVID 10 student, spoke to potential new AVID students and families about how AVID helped him with organization and taught him to advocate for himself. He also shared some of his Cornell notes and AVID binder with the crowd, two major components of AVID.
Current AVID elective teachers talked about what it is like for students to be a part of AVID at Odyssey. AVID helps students to grow in the areas of writing, reading, collaboration and inquiry, all of which are crucial to their success in high school and after graduation. Amaya Smith, an eighth-grader and current AVID 8 student, said she feels confident and ready to take Advanced Placement courses next year, something she might not have done without the AVID program and the support it provides.
Attendees viewed pictures of activities and events that AVID students participated in over the past year. For instance, the AVID system is designed to increase the number of students who enroll in a four year-college, so starting college field trips at an early age is something AVID at Odyssey prides itself on.
These seventh-graders will go on to complete an application and be called to interview for a spot in next year’s AVID elective class.