February 28, 2013
Most kids in school don't start thinking about college until their junior or even senior year. However, some Albemarle County middle school students at Jack Jouett Middle School are taking college seriously at an early age through a program called Advancement Via Individual Determination or AVID.
"It's a international program that prepares students for college and their careers," said Ashby Johnson.
The program helps to emphasize abilities that enable a student to be college and career ready. It also helps them tackle complicated questions through critical thinking, team work, and analytical writing.
"They tell me your grades in high school are going to impact you. I'm trying to soak up all the things I can learn here," said AVID student, Dashad Morton.
Not all 7th and 8th graders at Jouett are part of the program. Some students are working hard taking classes in order to apply.
Some students in the program say there is more to it than meets the eye.
"When I go to AVID, it not just a class to help me with my education and going to college. It's also a family to me. It's my second family, and I feel really supported from all of the people in my class," said AVID student Gabriela Gutierrez.
The program has been offered at Jouett for 4 years, and leaders are in the process of applying to become a model school. If Jouett becomes a model school, the AVID program will be adopted into the entire school curriculum.