Pinellas County schools ramping up AVID program
As it continues to boost the ranks of its Advanced Placement students, Pinellas also continues to widen the pipeline by putting more and more students into college-prep AVID classes.
Pinellas will expand the number of middle and high schools offering AVID from 15 to 23 this fall, and up the number of students from 1,050 to more than 1,500, according to Bill Lawrence, the district's director of advanced studies and academic excellence.
Lawrence offered the AVID update during a meeting yesterday with the Concerned Organizations for the Quality Education of Black Students, which also drew superintendent Julie Janssen and a number of other top district officials.
Lawrence noted 44 percent of the Pinellas students in AVID are black, while 30 percent of the students in the schools that offer AVID are black. The class targets first-generation college goers, and builds good study skills like note taking and critical thinking.
You can see Lawrence's presentation here. It shows which schools are getting AVID next year, and also has some nifty charts showing how much the AVID program has grown since Pinellas started offering it in 2005.