Advancement Via Individual Determination is a readiness program that is designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college.

With more than 60 years of research behind it, the AVID program places special emphasis on growing writing, critical thinking, teamwork, organization and reading skills. Launched this school year in the Iredell-Statesville Schools, teachers are reaching underserved students with the AVID strategies, and the students are thriving, a news release said.

“This program targets students who are performing in the middle of the pack academically as well as first-generation college students,” said Kelly Cooper, executive director of secondary instruction.

“AVID helps teachers hone their skills toward the creation of highly engaging teaching and learning that gets students up and moving. There is a focus on organizing their learning through focused notetaking, problem solving and collaboration. All the skills that AVID teaches prepare them for college and career.”

Many I-SS teachers have received AVID training so that strategies can be incorporated into the regular classroom setting.

There is also a special AVID elective course that students can take.

“It’s a big honor to be selected for the AVID elective,” Cooper said. “Students in the AVID elective have the opportunity to work with community tutors, Mitchell Community College tutors, and they get to learn more about college options through tours and such.”

The AVID program was launched this year at East Iredell Middle School, North Iredell Middle, Statesville Middle School, Troutman Middle School and West Iredell Middle School. It was also launched at Statesville High School and will continue to expand to other high schools in years to come.

To become an AVID community tutor within the schools, please contact Kelly Cooper at

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