AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination)


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    AVID Seniors have earned more than one million dollars in scholarship money and are off to some amazing colleges in the fall.

  • AVID stands for 'Advancement via Individual Determination.' AVID is a comprehensive program that assists underrepresented students in applying to, and prepares them for, the rigors of four-year colleges and is available to 9th through 12th graders at McKean. Students in AVID live by the WICOR strategies; WICOR stands for Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading. Students are assisted in their high-level classes through tutorials, given help with organization by keeping a binder, and supported in their time management.  Additionally, the program provides opportunities for personal growth through guest speakers, college field trips, tutoring, and community service, all of which contribute to building a competitive college application. AVID graduates enroll in college at higher rates than the national average and persist into year 2 of college at higher rates. In 2016, 88% of AVID seniors applied to and were accepted to a four-year college. Why is this important? According to a study completed by the Economic Policy Institute, college graduates annually earned 56% more than someone with only a high school diploma.

    Here is a link to a video clip that was created when our AVID program earned a SuperStars in Education Award from the DE Chamber of Commerce in the spring of 2018.  The video shows our students and teachers in action and offers their perspectives about the program.  McKean's AVID SuperStars Video



    The AVID application process occurs in the spring of each school year. For more information please email Lowell Buford or Brandi Mycoff: 

  • Quick Facts 

    What Am I Studying?

    AVID students must:

    • attend an AVID elective class
    • enroll in one or more advanced academic class (Pre-AP or AP) each semester
    • maintain satisfactory citizenship and attendance in all classes
    • maintain the AVID binder with assignment/grade record sheets and daily notes in all classes
    • complete all homework assignments and commit to studying every night


    How am I involved?

    • Sports
    • Extracurricular activities
    • Tutoring
    • Community Service


    Where will it take me?

    • Students enrolled in the AVID elective are expected to apply to several four-year colleges.
    • Students are given 1:1 assistance through the college application process including the FAFSA and other financial aid documents, essay composition, and meeting deadlines.
  • In the past 6 years that AVID has been implemented at

    Thomas McKean High School

    our AVID seniors have been accepted to the following schools:

    The University of Delaware    Delaware State University     Wilmington University

    Georgia Southern University     University of Cincinnati     Ithaca College  

    Hofstra University     Washington College     Temple University     Drexel University

    Clark Atlanta University     The Ohio State University     York College  Wellesley College   

    University of Maine     Goldey Beacom College     Notre Dame University