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Wright is a National Demonstration School!

James C. Wright Middle School is a part of a group of only 200 schools nationwide designated as a National Demonstration School by Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a nonprofit that aims to support low-income and disadvantaged learners to become college and career ready.

To be named a National Demonstration School, Wright administration went through a rigorous application process, screening, and review, which included a site visit. Wright Middle School was selected as an AVID National Demonstration School because it has implemented the AVID system throughout the school and can serve as a model for new AVID sites. 

AVID Mission

AVID’s mission is to close the opportunity gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

What is AVID?

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is not just another program, it is a research-based school-wide system that prepares all students for college, career, and community readiness. At its heart AVID is a philosophy. Hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge.

What is the AVID Elective Class?

The AVID Elective is a class that students can start taking as 7th graders and continue through high school. It is part of the academic day. It:

  • teaches skills and behaviors for academic success
  • provides a positive diverse peer group for students
  • gives students amazing opportunities including: college campus visits, professional internships, guest speakers and community mentors

What is the student profile for the AVID Elective Class?

AVID is designed for students with academic potential. Typically, AVID students have average to high test scores, a 2.0 through a 3.5 grade point average, college potential, and a desire and determination to work hard and study smart. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential.

Additionally, an AVID student is one who meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • First in family to attend college
  • Historically underserved in 4-year colleges
  • Low family socioeconomic status
  • Special circumstances

Contact Information

AVID Coordinator and 7th and 8th Grade AVID Elective Teacher:
Heather Maggit

AVID Experiential Learning Coordinator/Lead Tutor:
Eric Saltes

Additional Resources

MMSD AVID/TOPS Webpage (Secondary)

Feeder Pattern Links:

  • MS→ HS
  • HS → All MS in Feeder Pattern