A new program at Logan High School aims to teach students how to be successful, both academically and socially.
In its first year, the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program is sponsored and funded by the GEAR UP program, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, and is aimed at freshmen and sophomores.
“We are giving them the skills they need to master high school and beyond and to help them in college and in professions,” said Liz Dickenson, the AVID teacher at Logan High.
Dickenson, who also teaches both AP chemistry and chemistry 1010, explained the classes teach the students organizational, writing and note-taking skills. As they become juniors and seniors, they will do ACT prep and learn how to apply for scholarships and how to apply to college.
“They’re also working on tutorology. That’s when they do their own tutoring,” Dickenson said. “They not only help each other, but they guide each other to the answers rather than just giving them the answers.”
AVID is geared toward students with a GPA between 2.0 and 3.5 and is supposed to be viewed as a privilege.
“The idea is we want the kids who sometimes get overlooked by the system because we do a lot with the higher-end kids and with the lower-end kids,” Dickenson said. “But we want these kids to be successful.”
Dickenson believes the program is going well for its first year.
“Yesterday, it was amazing. It was our first tutor program, and it was amazing to see them get out of their comfort zone and help each other,” Dickenson said. “We had groups helping each other, and it was great.”
Fourteen-year-old Kristina Vicchrilli is part of the AVID program and has enjoyed the classes so far.
“It’s been pretty good. It helps me with my homework and stuff,” Vicchrilli said. “I’ve liked working in groups and getting to know other people.”
Fourteen-year-old Stuart Needham has also enjoyed the program and the opportunities it provides.
“Yesterday was the first time we did homework, and that was nice because I didn’t have time with cross country and musical practice to do my homework the night before,” Needham said. “It was kind of nice to be able to do it during class and get help with some of the stuff that I didn’t understand.”
Source: The Herald Journal