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B.Y.M.S will be implementing the AVID program, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other opportunities, for the 2015-2016 school year

According to Minerva, Director of English Languish at AVID, the program is including 5 new Elementary Schools next year: Topaz, Mabel Paine, Morse, Melrose, and Rio Vista.

“AVID is not just another program. AVID holds students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge.” stated AVID.org

A lot of people are wondering what AVID is. Mr Valburg, the principal of Bernardo Yorba Middle School explains, “ AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.  It is a national program with elementary, middle school and high school levels.  Through the AVID class, there are field trips to local colleges, universities, and tutors. Students are provided a supportive environment to develop their academic and study skills and to learn how to organize time, homework, and classwork.”

Mrs. Swarm, a language art teacher at Bernardo Yorba Middle School, said, “GPA and student background are considered in deciding who is selected for AVID. Teachers also recommend from the initial list. Next the parents attend an informational meeting, then the students are interviewed.”

“Avid has been extremely successful!! There success rate has added three Middle Schools” by Minerva Gandara, Director of English Languish for AVID. Mrs Gandara stated,“100% of Valencia’s Senior AVID class has been accepted to a 4 year university. We had 2 Seniors who received $20,000 each in scholarships from AVID and two 8th grade AVID standouts received a laptop computer and a $10,000 scholarship for their college. WOW!”

Some benefits of AVID include the fact that,”Students who are selected into the AVID program learn how to develop their skills with a goal of being successful in college,” according to Mr. Valburg.This program teaches skills and behaviors for academic success for students. Mrs. Swam stated, ”Students can develop the organization, focus advocacy and study skills to reach and exceed their current potential. They have the support needed to excel in a rigorous environment.”

Mrs. Swarm also said, “We will have one elective section for each grade.”  This means that AVID is being added to both grades, 7th and 8th. The 7th grade teacher will be Mrs. Cyrus and the 8th grade teacher will be Mrs. Swarm.