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Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)



    AVID is a nationwide program that works to support students who show individual determination to succeed, have at or above grade level achievement, high aptitude, and who see themselves as college and career bound. In Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, AVID supports students at Northside Elementary and all traditional middle and high schools. It is a college preparatory acceleration 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 learn the skills necessary to take advanced courses in high school to prepare for attending a four-year college

    AVID has its own curriculum in grades 6-12. The daily elective teaches the principles of WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) and prepares students for higher level coursework. In the high schools, the AVID elective is an honors class.


    It is our mission to close the opportunity gap by preparing all students for college and career readiness and success in a global society. AVID seeks to prepare students for the 21st Century world through practices around critical thinking, complex reading, working with peers, taking part in field trips and experiences that enrich the educational experience, and by modeling what it means to be an AVID scholar for other students who are college bound. 


    Students who want to be in the program typically have the following academic profile:

    • Grades and performance that is at or above their grade level
    • Passing scores on their EOGs and/or EOCs
    • The individual determination to be college and career bound
    • Above average aptitude in their verbal reasoning, numeric reasoning, and/or visual/spatial reasoning

    They may be:

    • The first in their families to attend college
    • Historically underserved in four-year colleges and universities
    • Unsure about how to access honors and Advanced Placement course pathways
    • Very bright and capable students with a need for structure around executive functioning


    There are other factors that may make a student an ideal candidate for AVID. Please speak to your school's site coordinator about how AVID might be a good fit for your student.


    Watch here! Spring 2024 AVID informational session for families! 

Contact AVID


    AVID District Directors 

    Kate Kennedy
    Director, Office of Advanced Learning and Student Leadership
    919-967-8211 ext. 28357
    Nick Winstead
    Lead High School AVID Coordinator 
    919-967-8211 ext. 28022
    Karen Herring 
    Lead Middle School AVID Coordinator 
    919-9331556 ext. 76340

How To Apply To AVID

School AVID Coordinator Directory

School Name Role Phone E-Mail Grade
Culbreth Middle Christine Sudzina Schut AVID Coordinator and Teacher csudzinaschut@chccs.k12.nc.us 6-8
McDougle Middle Tracy-Ann Pantry-Henry AVID Coordinator tapantryhenry@chccs.k12.nc.us 6-8
Phillips Middle Amy Urban AVID Coordinator aurban@chccs.k12.nc.us 6-8
Smith Middle Mary Ferguson AVID Coordinator and Teacher mkferguson@chccs.k12.nc.us 6-8
Carrboro High Matthew Murchison AVID Coordinator and Teacher mmurchison@chccs.k12.nc.us 9-12
Chapel HIll High Joanne McClelland AVID Coordinator and Teacher jmcclelland@chccs.k12.nc.us 9-12
East Chapel Hill High Kimberly Manning AVID Coordinator and Teacher kmanning@chccs.k12.nc.us 9-12
Northside Elementary Ronetta Walker SEL Specialist/AVID Coordinator rwalker@chccs.k12.nc.us Pre-K/5th Grade