• AVID Recruitment for 2020-2021

    Posted by Ashley Swanegan on 2/7/2020 6:15:00 AM


    Complete the  2020-2021 AVID Application!


    The AVID Elective is a 7th through 12th grade component of the AVID Secondary System that prepares students in the academic middle for admission to a four-year college or university.  Students can take an AVID Elective course throughout middle school and high school.  This elective provides them with the skills needed to be successful in advancing academically with the goal of attending college.  For more than 30 years, AVID has been instrumental in preparing students for success in higher education.


    The core component of the AVID Secondary System is the AVID Elective, which supports students as they challenge themselves in more rigorous classes.  Students are taught study skills, note-taking, time management, writing skills, and research skills, while being immersed in a college-going culture.  The class also includes tutoring sessions that are led by college students and provide support for success in the academically rigorous curriculum.  Additionally, the AVID class provides access to information about colleges and universities through field trips, guest speakers, college tutors, scholarship opportunities, and college admission requirement information.


    • NOTE:  Current 6th and 7th grade students will learn about AVID Recruitment in early February.
    • Applications MUST be returned by Tuesday, February 25. 
    • This program is limited in numbers.  The AVID Team will use applications and data analysis to decide who will be interviewed & chosen for AVID Elective classes.   

    For more information, contact Ashley Swanegan (, Gentry AVID Coordinator.

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  • Guest Speakers

    Posted by Ashley Swanegan on 10/9/2019

    We love having community members come to visit!

    AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. 


    We are interested in hearing “personal stories." 


    Possible talking points could include:    

    Childhood background

    Family dynamics

    Activities (sports/clubs) growing up

    *Obstacles you overcame*

    Work ethic

    Strategies that helped you become successful 



    What makes someone employable to you



    Some presenters do formal presentations, some do not! 

    Please contact Ashley Swanegan ( if you are interested in presenting!



    Past Speakers Include:


    Shelly DeVore - Columbia Insurance Group



    Tony Van de Riet - Veteran's United



    SSG John Trower - Army AGR


    Sandy Overacre - Veteran's United



    General Mike Francis - former F15 Fighter Pilot, Missouri Air National Guard,              United Airlines

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  • Holiday Mentor/Mentee Breakfast

    Posted by Kayla Phillips on 11/15/2018 11:50:00 AM

    Update:  This morning's Breakfast was so much fun!

    We had donuts and juice, exchanged gifts, and played a fun Kahoot Game!

    We are also taking "AVID Holiday Selfies" this afternoon.

    Click here to see the Breakfast Pics




    snowflake Our AVID Mentors and their Mentees with be participating in a HOLIDAY BREAKFAST!snowflake

    Friday, December 7th at 7:15 a.m.

    Join us for donuts, activities and more!  

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  • First Campus Visit!!!

    Posted by Kayla Phillips on 11/15/2018 11:40:00 AM

    UCM Pics

    Our AVID classes are traveling to Warrensburg, MO to visit the University of Central Missouri!  We will leave school at 7:45 on Friday, November 30th, and return at 2:15 pm.  We will learn about the admissions process, talk to a panel of current students, take a tour, and eat lunch in their dining hall!  Permission trips went home this week.  


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  • Games & Grub Family Event - October 18th - after school!

    Posted by Kayla Phillips on 10/30/2017 1:30:00 PM

    See PICTURES here!

    An after school AVID Family Event

    • Game Time - with our students
    • Game Time - with our parents
    • Family Dinner! 


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  • AVID Community Service Projects

    Posted by Kayla Phillips on 10/30/2017 1:00:00 PM

    Engaging in community service provides students with the opportunity to become active members of their community 

    and has a lasting, positive impact on society at large.

     Community Service

    Project # 1:  Recycling - Our students pick up the paper and cardboard blue bins from each teacher classroom weekly.  This helps our community AND keeps our building clean!

    Project #2:  Upstairs Commons Clean Up - Our GMS Upstairs Commons is used by various teachers, clubs, and events.  The AVID students keep it picked up and organized so everyone can enjoy the area.

    Project #3:  Adopt A Spot, Litter Control - We are helping make Columbia cleaner by picking up trash along Bethel Road between Southampton and Forum.  We do this two times a month during our AVID class time.  Watch for us along Bethel Road - we are the ones in the Orange Vests! (click link for pictures!)

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AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

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    AVID is:
    • an acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.
    • an in-school academic support program for grades 7-12 that prepares students for college eligibility and success
    • an elective class that meets during the regular school day
    • for all students, but it targets those in the academic middle
    • implemented both school-wide and district-wide
    Who is an AVID student?

    Students in the academic middle, capable of completing a college preparatory path with support. Sometimes these students have yet to realize their full academic potential.  During the identification process, a number of criteria are considered, including:

    • Grades
    • Standardized Test Scores
    • Citizenship
    • Attendance
    • Desire and Determination
    If selected for AVID, what are the student responsibilities?
    1.  Take the AVID elective class each year.
    2.  Maintain satisfactory citizenship and attendance in all classes.
    3.  Maintain the AVID binder contents including, but not limited to, assignment sheets and Cornell notes.
    4.  Complete all homework assignments and commit to a structured homework routine each night.
    5.  Maintain a grade of 80% (or 2.5) or higher in all classes