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October 3, 2019
Bigfork and Grand Rapids High Schools to Offer AVID Classes
New teachers will offer additional supports and opportunities for kids

Students at Bigfork High School (BHS) and Grand Rapids High School (GRHS) will have access to a new supportive curriculum called Advancing Via Individual Determination (AVID) through the district’s Achievement and Integration Grant.

“The purpose of the course is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and career readiness, as well as for success in a global society,” said GRHS Assistant Principal Andy Forbort. “AVID is a nation-wide program that has been shown to help students graduate and attend college at higher rates and also to think critically and collaboratively.”

AVID will be offered as an elective course for students. It is not a remedial course, but is aimed at the middle 50% of our student population. “We already offer International Baccalaureate and College in the Schools classes for high-achieving students as well as supports for those who struggle. AVID allows us to help support kids in the middle too,” said Forbort.

Students will be identified by their teachers through a Freshman Seminar course. Once identified, students will be asked to apply and complete an interview process. Students will be selected based on their ability to complete the course and undergo its academic rigor.

In addition to the new classes at GRHS and BHS, both schools will receive training in school-wide best practices for Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading. AVID training provides teachers with training to increase academic rigor and create engaging learning environments.

The district’s Achievement and Integration Grant provides funding for the classes. Last spring, ISD 318 and Deer River ISD 317 partnered together to receive and Achievement and Integration Grant from the Minnesota Department of Education. The grant allows both districts to fund initiatives designed to help close achievement gaps based on racial, ethnic, or financial disparities.

For questions about the Achievement and Integration Grant or the AVID program, please contact the Assistant Superintendent’s Office at 218-327-5706.