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AVID is an elective class at Central Middle School that began in the fall of 2014. Students are selected to participate in this program on a voluntary basis and are required to take at least one enriched class. Through AVID the students learn valuable skills including writing, note taking, reading, inquiry, collaboration, organization and critical thinking to help them succeed in more rigorous courses.

AVID targets those students who are in the academic middle and who are usually under served. Students learn and apply the skills they are taught in their AVID elective class as well as complete the academically rigorous and challenging work required. AVID-trained tutors facilitate small group tutorial sessions weekly, and students are able to visit colleges and universities to learn about academic requirements, classes and collegiate life. Guest speakers, including professionals in various career fields, are invited to present to AVID classes.

The mission of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. It is designed to ensure all students, especially the least served students who are in the academic middle, achieve the following:

  • Succeed in rigorous curriculum
  • Complete a rigorous college preparatory path
  • Enter mainstream activities of the school
  • Enrollment in four-year colleges
  • Become educated and responsible participants and leaders in their communities and our society.

Learn more about AVID.

Contact Information

Contact Lisa Senne, AVID Elective Teacher, at (952) 975-6867.

AVID Resources for CMS students

Parent & Guardian Information

Our AVID parents/guardians are an important part of our team. Parents are provided information and support through various means so they can encourage and support their children to succeed. In this manner, the learning doesn't stop at school but continues at home. We communicate with our AVID parents/guardians regularly. Family events and other opportunities for parent involvement are also offered throughout the year.

Ways to Help Your Child at Home

  • Show interest in his/her progress.
  • Be aware of your child's classes and his/her performance in each.
  • Praise your child's strengths and help him/her find ways to improve in areas that need improvement.
  • Ask to look at your child's AVID binder, which is inspected every Friday during the AVID elective class.
  • Review your child's AVID tutorial request forms to see what kinds of questions he/she is asking in class.
  • Find our who your child's friends are.
  • Be enthusiastic and supportive. Your child's participation in AVID will keep him/her motivated and excited about reaching the goal of attending a four-year college or university.
  • Provide a quiet place free of noise and distraction where your child can study and do his/her homework.
  • Show that you care by asking your child what topic(s) he/she is studying in a particular class.
  • Be positive and give praise when your student takes notes.
  • Be an audience for your child. Listen as he/she recites or shares what he/she is reading.
  • Ask questions to help your child clarify or thing more deeply about what he/she is reading.
  • Help your student prepare for tests by asking questions he/she has written from lecture or textbook notes.
  • Teach your child to be a role model/leader in the classroom.
  • Be aware of courses your child needs to take to graduate from middle school and then high school.
  • Be aware of upcoming exams.
  • Encourage your child to become involved in extracurricular activities that interest him/her and to keep track of his/her participation.
  • Encourage your child to become involved in community service organizations.
  • Understand that the AVID teacher/coordinator, counselors and director are available to answer questions and to provide information about middle school, high school and college. Call upon them whenever needed.

AVID Application

To be part of the AVID program and elective, you must complete the application form and short-answer questions. A parent signature is required for a student to be considered for participation. After reviewing applications, students will be selected for interviews by the AVID teacher, and other staff members.

AVID Application

AVID Recruiting Timeline (2018-19):

  • February 5:  Parent information meeting at 6:00 PM in the Central Middle School Media Center.
  • March 15th: Completed applications are due to the Central Middle School Counseling Office.
  • April 9 - 30th:  Student interviews conducted at CMS or elementary school site.
  • May 29th: Notification about students who were accepted will be received by this date.

Profile of an AVID student

AVID students:

  • Receive a 2.0 - 3.4 GPA
  • Average test scores 
  • College potential with support
  • Good attendance
  • Good behavior in and out of the classroom 
  • Has the desire and individual determination to work hard and succeed


An AVID student should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Usually first generation in family to attend college
  • Historically under-served in four-year colleges 
  • Special circumstances

Other criteria considered:

  • Demonstrates good citizenship
  • Has good school attendance 
  • Displays appropriate classroom behavior
  • Able to work well with others


At the start of the school year, AVID students sign the AVID Student Agreement indicating their commitment to the program and to their success. The initial commitment is one year. Students are highly encouraged to continue in AVID as they progress through CMS and throughout high school.

If you are interested and meet the above criteria please fill out the application and submit it to Lisa Senne at LSenne@edenpr.org .