• What Is AVID?

    AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a rigorous college-readiness Elective class offered in grades 9-12 at Bismarck High School. AVID is for our academic middle students or for those traditionally underserved in four-year universities but have the desire and determination to succeed in college. AVID also supports students who could benefit in increased instruction with organization, leadership, and community service. AVID is a class that prepares ‘the entire student’ to be ready for college, focusing on academics, leadership skills and building college/career knowledge. In the AVID Elective, students are routinely required to enroll in their school’s toughest courses, such as Honors or Advanced Placement®. Enrollment in AVID requires an application, interview and contract. Applications are available in Student Services.

    AVID Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the requirements for AVID?

    Students in AVID are in the academic middle, have average to above average scores, and are motivated to succeed in school. AVID is not a motivational program. In fact, students have to want to improve to be in it.

    Is AVID a class?

    Yes. AVID is an elective class that fits in a student’s regular schedule. It is a four year program, which takes up an elective space each year at Bismarck High School.

    Do students earn a grade in AVID?

    Yes. Because AVID is a class in the student’s schedule, there is a grade.

    What do you do in AVID?

    •       Learn how to use the Focused Note Taking process in each of their classes.
    •       Expand in community service and leadership throughout Bismarck Public Schools and the greater Bismarck community.
    •       Learn test-taking strategies as well as time management and proper study skills.
    •       Explore college and career options while working with WICOR strategies (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading).
    •       Maintain an organizational system such as planners, folders, and binders, which holds materials for all classes.
    •       Visit colleges across the state and possibly other states, from freshmen through senior year.
    •       Prepare for the SAT and ACT and begin filling out college applications.
    •       Helps students apply for college and college scholarships and fill out the FAFSA.

    Is AVID a motivational program?

    No. AVID is only for students who have a desire to improve and have the intrinsic motivation to be successful.

    Is AVID a remedial program?

    No. Students chosen for the AVID program have strong academic potential.

    AVID TEACHERS Phone:  
    Megan Sletten 701-323-4800  Send E-Mail
    Zach Kost 701--323-4800 Send E-Mail
    Cassidy Barclay 701-323-4800  Send E-Mail
    Melissa Davis 701-323-4800  Send E-Mail
    Landon DeKrey 701-323-4800 Send E-Mail
    Heather Frey 701-323-4800  Send E-Mail
    Christian Medick 701-323-4800  Send E-Mail
    Allison Roemmich 701-323-4800  Send E-Mail
    Bill Shetler 701-323-4800 Send E-Mail
    Jordan Wilhelm 701-323-4800 Send E-Mail
    Julie Berg (Counselor) 701-323-4800  Send E-Mail