AVID was first implemented in Alief during the 2007-2008 school year at Elsik, Hastings and Taylor high schools. Each campus started with two sections of the AVID elective. Today, AVID has grown to multiple sections at each of these campuses. In the 2009-2010 school year, implementation of AVID began at Alief's Early College High School, Olle Middle School, and Klentzman Intermediate. As Olle served as a pilot for the middle school elective and Klentzman served as a pilot for AVID Elementary, AVID is now being implemented on all Alief Middle and Intermediate campuses. Since 2016, we have incorporated several of the elementary campuses as well: Bush, Chancellor, Collins, Cummings, Hearne, Heflin, Hicks, Liestman, Outley, and Petrosky.
Since the 2016-2017 school year, Alief Early College High School has been designated as an AVID National Site of Distinction.
The AVID curriculum used in the AVID elective classes is based on rigorous standards, utilizing instruction in the research-based WICOR methodology of writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading. Content teachers throughout each campus also utilize the strategies to transform students in all classes from passive learners into active classroom contributors, problem-solving collaborators, and critical thinkers.
AVID Classes Participate in Field Trip Opportunities
The AVID Elective class at the secondary level provides numerous opportunities for students to participate in field trips that promote college and career awareness. AVID students have visited Texas A&M University, University of Texas, University of Houston, Sam Houston State, Texas State, Stephen F. Austin University, Rice University, University of St. Thomas, University of Houston Downtown, and Houston Baptist University just to name a few. AVID students also take virtual tours of out-of-state colleges and connect with admissions advisors all over the country.