By: Harvey Pham
The AVID program, once available only to non-pathway students, became available as an elective class for any sophomore to take starting in the 2017-2018 school year. In Fall 2018, however, the process of getting into the class will become much harder, since enrollment now requires an interview.
Students who selected the class were interviewed by a panel of four AVID staff, including next year’s AVID 10 teacher Keith Stoker to see if they have what it takes to make it into the class. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and it is a college readiness program to help students develop skills they need to be successful in college.
“I believe that interviewing the students will help separate the students that are taking the class just for elective credits from the students that actually want to be in the AVID program,” said AVID teacher Mallory Logan. “Making AVID an elective class was a great idea so that students can be in other academies while taking the class.”
Some of the juniors who are in AVID now are upset that they didn’t have academy choice. Some students wanted to be in the other academies, however when the academies they wanted to be in became full, the students had no other choice but to be placed in AVID.
“I wish they would have implemented this idea earlier, so that I could be in ESA and still take the AVID class at the same time,” said junior Jiawen Wang. “I don’t think this is fair to all the juniors. We should have the option to take AVID as a separate class too.”
Even though the AVID juniors are not too happy about this change, it is great for up coming sophomores.
“I am extremely happy for the incoming sophomores that get to experience having both AVID and an academy of their choice,” said senior Calvin Hien. “Even though they should’ve thought of this idea earlier, I am glad that the sophomores now have the opportunity for this.”