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What is AVID?

AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is an elementary through post-secondary college readiness system that is designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. The AVID system accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional development, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change. AVID’s mission is to close the opportunity gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served students in the academic middle.  The formula is simple – raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge. Students participating in AVID are equipped with strategies and tools vital for post-secondary success.  Students take rigorous coursework and receive tutorial support to promote academic achievement.  What differentiates AVID from other educational reform programs is its astounding success rate. Since 1990, more than 85,500 AVID students have graduated from high school and planned to attend college. National data from the AVID Class of 2021 indicated that 94% of students completed four year college entrance requirements and 87% reported plans to attend a post-secondary institution. 

AVID is available at all Middle Schools and all High Schools in CFBISD. AVID is offered at the following Elementary Schools:

Central Elementary 
Davis Elementary
Furneaux Elementary
Farmers Branch Elementary 
McCoy Elementary

McKamy Elementary 
McWhorter Elementary 
Sheffield Elementary 
Thompson Elementary

In 2018, Ted Polk Middle School received the designation as an AVID National Demonstration School.   There are only 210 demonstration schools in the United States and only 49 in Texas who have received this honor. Demonstration schools must undergo a rigorous validation process and serve as exemplary models of the College Readiness System. 


Jo Ann Gillen
AVID District Director

Melanie Williams
Coordinator of School Counseling & AVID

Katie Tilton
CCMR/AVID Secretary

Richard Hyde
AVID Instructional Coach

You can also text your questions to 469-242-0859.


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AVID Campus Coordinators

Campus Coordinator Coordinator Email
Blalack Janice Cordray cordrayj@cfbisd.edu
Bush Micah Morris morrism@cfbisd.edu
Field Pam Perez Garcia perezgarciap@cfbisd.edu
Long Christina Herrera herrerac@cfbisd.edu
Perry Temple Gonzalez gonzalezt@cfbisd.edu
Polk Natalia Dobbs dobbsn@cfbisd.edu
Creekview Emily Johnson johnsonem@cfbisd.edu
Early College Jonathan Talley talleyj@cfbisd.edu
Ranchview Leslie Yager yagerl@cfbisd.edu
Newman Smith Jimmy Fellbaum fellbaumj@cfbisd.edu
R. L. Turner Dora Flores riverado@cfbisd.edu