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Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)


    AVID is a global non-profit organization that works with schools and districts to provide direct support for elementary and secondary students who have the potential of becoming first-generation college students. In Chapel-Hill Carrboro City Schools, AVID supports students at Northside Elementary and all secondary students grades 6-12 with a school-wide curriculum and rigorous expectations. It is a college preparatory program that includes two components: 

      • school-wide strategies that focus on college and career awareness, planning, and readiness for all students
      • a daily AVID elective that helps selected students in the academic middle learn the skills necessary to take advanced courses in high school to prepare for attending a four-year college



    The mission of AVID is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.


    AVID students perform in the academic middle. They have:

    • GPAs between 2.5 and 3.5
    • College potential with support
    • Desire and determination to be successful

    They may be:

    • The first in their families to attend college
    • Historically underserved in four-year colleges
    • Experiencing special circumstances such as being raised by a non-custodial family member




Contact AVID

  • AVID District Directors 

    Dr. Quincy D. Williams 
    Executive Director of Secondary Schools and Special Programs 
    Telephone: 919-967-8211 ext. 28909

How To Apply To AVID

  • About AVID

    About AVID

    AVID enrolls its students in rigorous classes such as honors and Advanced Placement, and provides support through an academic elective class taught within the school day by trained AVID teachers.

    You can find out even more about the program by visiting the national AVID website.

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  • AVID Grade Level Requirements

    AVID Grade Level Requirements

    Students may enter the CHCCS AVID program in grades six through eleven. To be considered for AVID, a student may self-nominate or be nominated by a teacher, counselor, parent or a current AVID student.

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  • When Students are Considered for the Program

    When Students are Considered for the Program

    Students are considered for AVID during the spring of the year that proceeds the upcoming school year. Qualifying students new to the district may be considered and admitted to the program at mid-year. An AVID student, in good academic and behavioral standing, who transfers into a CHCCS school from a different school district, may be enrolled in the program at the time of transfer.

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School AVID Coordinator Directory

School Name Role Phone E-Mail Grade
Culbreth Middle Jessica Grinnell AVID Coordinator jgrinnell@chccs.k12.nc.us 6-8
McDougle Middle Karen Herring AVID Coordinator kherring@chccs.k12.nc.us 6-8
Phillips Middle Rob Frescoln AVID Coordinator rfrescoln@chccs.k12.nc.us 6-8
Smith Middle Eric Zeigler AVID Coordinator ezeigler@chccs.k12.nc.us 6-8
Carrboro High Valerie Puhala AVID Coordinator vpuhala@chccs.k12.nc.us 9-12
Chapel HIll High Joanne McClelland AVID Coorindator jmcclelland@chccs.k12.nc.us 9-12
East Chapel Hill High Kimberly Manning AVID Coordinator kmanning@chccs.k12.nc.us 9-12
Phoenix Academy High John Elderkin AVID Coordinator jelderkin@chccs.k12.nc.us 9-12
Northside Elementary Kirtishia Jones AP/AVID Coordinator kdjones@chccs.k12.nc.us Pre-K/5th Grade