AVID: Proven Achievement. Lifelong Advantage
  • History of AVID in Columbia Public Schools

    Columbia Public Schools implemented the AVID College Readiness System in 2013-2014. Our seven middle schools, along with Battle High School, Hickman High School, and Rock Bridge High School, have AVID elective courses and use WICOR strategies in classrooms throughout their buildings.

    In 2018, the Columbia Area Career Center began providing professional learning opportunities for its faculty members. CACC teachers have attended CTE-specific strands focused on incorporating WICOR strategies into their instructional toolbox to ensure students' engagement, access to rigor, college success, and career readiness.

    In 2019, we added our first AVID elementary, Alpha Hart Lewis. Beginning in the third grade, AHL students learn academic behaviors and develop higher-level thinking, creating a ripple effect in later grades. Our AHL Elementary students develop the intellectual habits they will need to be successful in middle school, high school, and college in an age-appropriate and challenging way. These students learn organizational and study skills, communication, and self-advocacy. Our AHL AVID Elementary students take structured notes, answer, and ask high-level questions beyond routine answers.

    The strong college-going culture on the AVID Elementary campus encourages students to consider their college and career plans. Schools cover their walls with college pennants and banners, and educators speak about their college experiences. College and careers are no longer foreign concepts, and teachers provide the academic foundation students need for college and career success. AVID Elementary closes the opportunity gap before it begins.


    Each AVID school has a group of instructional leaders that serve on the AVID Site Team. These teachers, counselors, and administrators work together to support the AVID College Readiness System in their building. These individuals meet monthly to support the AVID Elective teachers and their colleagues' use of WICOR strategies. 


    Students interested in applying to become an AVID Scholar should contact their current building's AVID Site Coordinator. 8th graders interested in applying to become an AVID Scholar in high school should contact the AVID Site Coordinator at that high school building. You can find contact information on the Contact Us page of this website. The application process includes a written application and an interview. The AVID Site Team will determine the final selection in that building. The recruitment and application process typically begins in January for the upcoming school year. Acceptance as an AVID Scholar is building-specific, so if a student transfers to another building in the district, they MUST contact that building's AVID Site Coordinator about acceptance. 

    2024-2025 CPS AVID Application