#MRTS: 2017-2018 MHS AVID Program

avid#MavsRaiseTheStandard - AVID

The Class of 2018 represents the second graduating class of Marshall's ISD's AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) program. Check out the highlights of this year's AVID program, led by the accomplishments of this group of seniors:

  • Twenty-nine graduating AVID seniors began as a group of 40 in AVID I back in 2014-2015
  • Of those 29 students, 20 are graduating as "Distinguished Graduates"
  • 17 AVID seniors were members of the National Honor Society
  • AVID seniors completed over 19 college tours
  • Twenty-two AVID seniors will be attending four-year universities; one plans to enter the military, and the other six will be furthering their education at two-year colleges or other educational venues
  • Thirty-two (32) individual scholarships were awarded to MHS AVID seniors this year, in the amount of over $404,400.
  • Four (4) AVID seniors are in the top 10 percent of the Class of 2018, with 17 in the top 25 percent.

Other accomplishments by this year's MHS AVID students include:

  • Over 4,500 hours of community service events including work with Jerusalem Baptist Church, Canaan Cemetery cleanup, City of Marshall "Clean Sweeps," Christmas on the Square, Harvest Festival and the MLK Banquet and Parade.
  • AVID students planned and implemented this year's Black History Month Program at Marshall High School, with guest speaker Brianna Williams.
  • AVID students were involved in several MHS clubs, organizations, CTE programs and academic disciplines, including Color/Winterguard; Mavettes; Cheer; Football; Baseball; Soccer; Basketball; Track; Art; Cosmetology; Agriculture; AFJROTC; Special Education; UIL Academics; Debate; Student Council; and Choir
  • AVID received an Allstate Grant in March that will be used to enhance any planned volunteer actions. It can be used to purchase technical equipment, art supplies for making signs, etc., and is up to the group of students to determine how to use the funds. 

#MavUp for our 2017-2018 MHS AVID students!

AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system that is dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities.

AVID is designed to increase the number of students who enroll in and persist in four-year colleges and universities. AVID’s philosophy is:

• Hold students accountable to the highest standards,
• provide academic and social support,
• and they will rise to the challenge

Students who are accepted into the AVID College Readiness System are expected to enroll in rigorous courses, maintain above average grades, have good attendance, adhere to AVID elective expectations, and demonstrate positive school behavior. Upon acceptance into AVID, student and parent/guardian sign a contract commitment to remain in AVID for the entire current school year. The AVID College Readiness System provides students an opportunity to develop and/or expand their academic skills, explore their interests, and develop leadership skills through a variety of engaging experiences. Expectations of and for AVID students are high level.

AVID targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are currently falling short of their potential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation. AVID College Readiness System offers encouragement, tutoring, enrichment and an extension of experiences that will help students prepare for success in four-year colleges and universities.