AVID students preview graduation day

Early one September in the new school year, the ninth-grade AVID class­es at Neshaminy HS vis­it­ed Harry E. Franks Stadium to think ahead to the end of their senior year — and about what they might accom­plish to reach their dreams and goals at Neshaminy HS when they walk across that field one last time dur­ing their Commencement Ceremony.

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a glob­al non-profit orga­ni­za­tionthat has cre­at­ed a pro­gram to pro­vide stu­dents with tools and strate­gies for aca­d­e­m­ic and social suc­cess in school, high­er edu­ca­tion and beyond. According to the orga­ni­za­tion, AVID is more than just a pro­gram, how­ev­er. “At its heart, AVID is a phi­los­o­phy: Hold stu­dents account­able to the high­est stan­dards, pro­vide aca­d­e­m­ic and social sup­port, and they will rise to the chal­lenge.”

At Neshaminy, AVID has expand­ed at the high school lev­el with class­es in two grades (9 & 10) and will even­tu­al­ly cov­er all grades. Students who will ben­e­fit from the pro­gram are iden­ti­fied and encour­aged to sign up (though any stu­dent can sign up if they are inter­est­ed). The pro­gram also has class­es in the mid­dle schools, and AVID prin­ci­ples are taught in the ele­men­tary schools as well.