Online AVID Application
The AVID Elective is a 6th -12th grade component of the AVID Secondary System that prepares students in the academic middle for admission to a four-year college or university. Students take an AVID Elective course throughout middle school and high school that provides them with the skills needed to be successful in advancing academically with the ultimate goal of attending college. For more than 30 years, AVID has been instrumental in preparing students for success in higher education.

The core component of the AVID Secondary System is the AVID Elective, which supports students as they challenge themselves in more rigorous classes. Students are taught study skills, note-taking, time management, writing skills, and research skills, while being immersed in a college-going culture. The class also includes tutoring sessions, led by college students that provide support for success in the academically rigorous curriculum. Additionally, the AVID class provides access to information about colleges and universities through field trips, guest speakers, college tutors, scholarship opportunities, and college admission requirement information.

AVID recruits students who are motivated to do well and who are serious about their academic future. Please complete the application, family information, and short answers on the following pages to help us better know your child and family circumstances.

All information shared in the application will be used for recruitment and selection of AVID students and will be held confidential. If you have additional questions prior to completing this form, please contact Jacie Ballard, Site Coordinator/Elective Teacher at 903.300.3932 or email her at

*Please be aware that you will not be able to reopen this document once it is submitted.

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Student Name: *
Parent/Guardian Name:
Home Phone Number:
Parent Cell Phone Number:
Grade Level Next Year:
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Have you participated in AVID previously?
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Are you willing to take AVID all year as an elective?
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Are you willing to study 1 hour per school day, take notes in your classes, and keep an organized binder and planner?
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Are you willing to participate in community service as part of your grade for the AVID elective class?
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Do your parents/guardians understand that their participation is an essential part of your success and the success of the system?
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Are your parents/guardians willing to attend at least one informational meeting about AVID?
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AVID students are required to take at least one highly rigorous course. What rigorous course will you be taking next year?
Parent 1: Highest Level of Education?
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Parent 2: Highest Level of Education?
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Terms of Agreement for Enrollment in AVID: I agree to enroll in AVID for the entire year. I agree to enroll in at least one highly rigorous course. I agree to take notes in all core subjects as required by AVID and to study each night. I agree to keep my binder and planner organized as required by AVID. I agree to participate fully in tutorials as required by AVID. I agree to participate in field trips, college visits and other AVID activities. I agree to complete all my assignments in all classes including AVID. I agree to ask for help and talk to my AVID teacher or counselor if necessary. I agree to keep a positive attitude and be enthusiastic about preparing for college.  I understand this is an application FOR the AVID program and not automatic acceptance IN the AVID program. *
Student: Please list any Academic Honors here. (Briefly describe any scholastic distinctions or honors that you have earned, beginning with the fourth grade.)
Student: Please list any extracurricular, personal, and volunteer activities here. (Please list your main extracurricular, community, and family activities or hobbies in the order of their interest to you. Include specific events and/or major accomplishments, such as musical instruments played and/or participation in sports teams, etc.)
Student: The next two questions give you an opportunity to share attendance and behavior challenges. Question 1: How often are you absent from, or tardy to, class? Explain.
Question 2: Describe a past conflict with another student or staff member. How was it resolved?
The following questions will be about Student Information. This information will assist us in identifying possible candidates who best fit the AVID profile. Please complete these questions. This information is confidential and will only be used by the AVID site team for placement. Question 1: What is the student's ethnic background? (mark all that apply)
Question 2: What is the student's gender?
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Question 3: Are you entitled to free or reduced lunch?
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Question 4: What other languages do you speak at home?
Question 5: Please record any challenges or circumstances that you have faced (optional).
This next and final piece of the AVID application is a short answer section. If you are new to AVID, you will have a round robin style interview (move to different tables to answer questions in a rotation style format with a different teacher at each table). These will also serve as the questions we will ask you in your interview. *If you'd like to keep the questions and responses to practice for the interview, please select "send me a copy of my responses" at the very bottom of this form, as you will not be able to reopen this form once submitted. Question 1: What do you like most about school? What do you like least about school? Explain.
Question 2: What about AVID appeals to you? What makes you a strong candidate for the AVID Elective?
Question 3: What is the biggest obstacle that you have ever had to overcome, and how did you do it?
Question 4: What are your academic goals for the future?
Question 5: Why do you believe that college is important? Will you be the first member of your family to go to college? If so, how does that make you feel?
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