Granbury ISD students and teachers in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program praised the initiative during a presentation to the school board on September 16, 2019.
The program kicked off in Granbury schools with seventh graders during the 2017-18 school year. Both seventh and eighth grade students were included last school year followed by the expansion to ninth grade for the current school year.
The GISD initiative provides academic and leadership support for students entering rigorous coursework that prepares them for a pathway to university studies. The program led by a non-profit organization helps hold students accountable to the highest standards by providing them academic and social support to help them rise to the challenge.
Leading the programs in GISD are Donna Dumas at Granbury Middle School, Landry Mullins at Acton Middle School, and Jason Shahan at Granbury High School.
At the board meeting, students spoke about the importance of the program in helping them develop organization, leadership, communication, and study skills as well confidence as they prepare to enter high school and develop plans for college.
“GISD specifically partnered with AVID because of years of data that prove that students with these skills choose college and are highly successful in whatever they choose to do after they graduate,” according to district curriculum director Sharon Williams.
AVID students learn organization and study skills, develop critical thinking, learn to ask probing questions, receive academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivation activities to make their college dream reality. Students also attend field trips to university campuses.