• AVID Proven Achievement. Lifelong Advantage. Figure of a person throwing a graduation cap in the air. Program Overview

    AVID is an academic encore class comprised of 175 students. To become a part of AVID students are invited to complete an application and an interview.  The mission of AVID is to prepare student for the rigor of college. 

    AVID is designed to provide academic support to students in the middle in order to prepare them for eligibility for success in four year colleges and universities.  During the AVID elective, students focus on writing, reading, inquiry, collaboration and organization.  Students will participate in building critical thinking skills and college exploration.  Students will participate in cooperative groups designed on self-assessment to support success in academic core classes.


    • 100% of 8th grade SMS AVID students are in a high school credited World Classical Language course (American Sign Language, French, Spanish)
    • Students enrolled in the AVID program have the opportunity to visit higher education institutions throughout year. In 2019-2020 we will visit Anne Arundel Community College, University of Maryland, University of Maryland Baltimore Campus, and the US Naval Academy.


  • Southern Middle School
    Solomons Island Road
    Lothian, MD

    Jennifer Sturgell
    AVID Site Coordinator