About Our AVID Program
Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) is a program that has partnered up with more than 7,000 school districts throughout the U.S. prepares students for college pathways. The AVID program is designed to assist students with the development of skills that are required to becoming a successful college student. The program focuses on and is geared toward teamwork, organization, critical thinking, reading skills, and on growing writing.
Students are held accountable to the highest standards, and when they are provided academic and social support, they will rise to the challenge.
AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
Avid Coordinator/Instructor Bio
Mike Steinkemper has been teaching the AVID elective for twelve years and has been the AVID Site Coordinator the past four years. Mike has been a teacher at Shadow Mountain High School for fourteen years, and worked in the Behavioral Health field for ten years before becoming a teacher. Mike is highly involved in the Shadow community and loves teaching and working there. He has coached golf and track for fourteen years now, and is the head coach for the Boys Golf team and the Track and Field team. He is the sponsor for the AVID club and has been a STUGO class sponsor as well and was the head coach for the Boys Soccer team for five years. Mike is truly passionate about the AVID program and he has a desire to make it stronger every year. He and his colleagues live by the philosophy to prepare ALL students for college and life beyond, and the AVID program helps in this endeavor. Mike prides himself on preparing ALL students to become strong readers, writers, and critical thinkers.
Avid Instructor Bio
Hilary Probst has been teaching AVID for two years and has attended two AVID Summer Institutes. In total, she has taught 20 years and served the educational community with pride. She has been awarded Teacher of the Year in Chandler and KNIX teacher of the month. In addition, she has coached volleyball, sponsored student government and March of Dimes, as well as being a yearbook advisor. Her goal is to make AVID classes a motivational place where college and career skills are learned. Mrs. Probst prides herself on creating an AVID atmosphere where students bond, ask for help and feel like they have a second family at school.
AVID Course Plan
This is an elective class for students who are college-bound. The curriculum focuses on writing, inquiry, collaboration and reading (WICR). The course involves both teacher and tutor-led curricular activities. The students learn strategies to enhance success such as: note-taking, outlining, writing, speaking, reading, test-taking strategies, and self-awareness are stressed. In addition, the course includes college motivational activities and intensive preparation for the following tests ACT, SAT I and SAT II.
This is a seminar course for juniors and seniors that prepares students for entrance into four-year colleges by emphasizing analytical writing, preparation for college entrance, placement exams, college study skills, oral language development, note taking, and research. Students are expected to participate in, and eventually act as moderators for, Socratic Seminars. In addition, students are required to make oral presentations to the class on topics related to career searches, contemporary issues, and social concerns, while focusing on a culminating senior paper, portfolio, and/or project.