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  • The students involved in Chesapeake’s AVID program have not only developed their study skills but also formed bonds with their classmates.
    The students involved in Chesapeake’s AVID program have not only developed their study skills but also formed bonds with their classmates.

AVID Program At Chesapeake Helps Students Prepare For College

Erin Hamilton
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May 18, 2017

One of the many classes Chesapeake High offers its students is AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination). A nonprofit organization with programs in high schools around the world, AVID was established in 1980 to provide college readiness strategies and organizational help to students.

For many students, the AVID journey starts in sixth grade and continues through high school. “Students are able to take the skills they learn in AVID and utilize them throughout their college years and beyond,” said Chesapeake AVID teacher Tamara Beyer. “Over the past one or two years, 100 percent of AVID students attended either a two- or four-year college.”

The skills learned through AVID are reflected in the classroom every day. AVID has given Judy Reier the skills to be successful. “AVID has taught me how to stay organized, the best way to take notes and how college is important,” she said. “Also, it taught me how to meet and introduce myself to new people.”

Katherine Truelove agreed with Judy’s statement and added, “It made me more motivated to do well in school and taught me good study habits.”

AVID exposes students to the idea of college at a much younger age. As a result, many students who have been in AVID since sixth grade have been able to find their career path and identify their college of choice. Students in high school AVID receive the benefit of scholarship help and assistance in applying to college. It has helped freshman Lynsie Haslup plan for the future. “After high school, I would like to go to college to be a health nutritionist,” she said. “My favorite college so far is Salisbury [University] because they have a cappella and I am also well involved with singing.” Several AVID students plan to attend Anne Arundel Community College or a four-year institution after high school.

Being in the AVID program also means team-building field trips, weekly tutoring, college visits and the chance to mentor younger students. The 2016-2017 school year was the first that high school AVID students got to work with the middle school AVID students. “This year, we had a shadow day with the Chesapeake Bay Middle School,” said Beyer. “It was really nice to see my students act as role models as they introduce the eighth-grade students to a day in the life of a high school student.”

Student Brionna Bowman concluded by saying, “I would recommend AVID to anyone. It is a wonderful program especially for those who struggle with their GPA and maintaining things such as time management.”

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