About USD 480 AVID


(Advancement Via Individual Determination)

AVID’s Mission is to close the achievement gap
by preparing all students for college readiness in a global society.

Sarah Gonzales, AVID District Coordinator/Secondary and Elementary
Education Service Center, 624 N. Grant, Liberal, KS 67901, 620-604-2405

AVID District Brochure; Folleto del Distrito AVID

USD 480 AVID Secondary Certified Sites:
Liberal High School (9th-12th)
Eisenhower Middle School (6th-8th)

South Middle School (7th-8th)

USD 480 AVID Elementary Sites:
Cottonwood Intermediate School (4th-5th)
Sunflower Intermediate School (4th-6th)

Prarie View Elementary School (4th-5th)


AVID Secondary (Grades 7-12):
(Applications available in Counselors Office)

AVID is a comprehensive college-readiness system that helps prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. AVID students have the determination to work hard to fulfill their desire to go to college. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. Students receive instruction in WICOR (writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading) strategies for academic support and success. AVID’s definition of rigor is, “using inquiry-based collaborative strategies to challenge and engage students in content resulting in increasingly complex levels of understanding.”

The formula is simple - raise expectations of students, and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge. It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap. USD480 offers AVID to 7th – 12th graders as an elective course that meets regularly during the school day.

Requirements for Students in the AVID Elective Class (Grades 7-12):

  • Apply, be selected, and enroll in the AVID Elective Class
  • Enroll in advanced academic classes each semester/year
  • Maintain satisfactory attendance and behavior requirements
  • Maintain an AVID binder and take Cornell Notes in academic classes
  • Actively participate in weekly tutorials
  • Commit to studying extra hours every night to complete all homework assignments
  • Be involved in school activities and community service

AVID Elective Class - (Click on link for more information)
Clase Electiva de AVID (haga clic en el enlace para mas información)
AVID High School Student Contract (English/Español pagina 2)
AVID Middle School Student Contract (English/Español pagina 2)

AVID Elementary (Grades 4-6):

AVID strategies are imbedded in the 4th-6th grade curriculum. Students receive the following strategies in their multi-subject non-elective classrooms: Organizational Tool accountability and responsibility, agenda/planner to foster a “plan-ahead” mentality, note-taking strategies (STAR), inquiry and collaborative learning for comprehension.  The utilization of these skills will help students’ preparation for middle school and create a smoother transition for middle school and for high school.

USD 480 AVID Schools:


Year Implemented:

Liberal High School


South Middle School


Eisenhower Middle School


Cottonwood Intermediate


Sunflower Intermediate


Prarie View Elementary School 2016-2017


USD 480 AVID District Staff:

Sarah Gonzales, USD 480 AVID District Director/Secondary and Elementart, Education Service Center, 620‑604-2405.

Liberal High School, 620-604-1203:
Shiloh Vincent, Principal
Luz Riggs, AVID Coordinator/AVID Elective Teacher

South Middle School, 620-604-1303:
Jason Diseker, Principal
Shawn Riggs, AVID Coordinator/AVID Elective Teacher

Eisenhower Middle School, 620-604-1403:
Troy McCarter, Principal
Jackie Depew and Chad Ralston, AVID Co-Coordinators

Cottonwood Intermediate School, 620-604-2700:
Jon Schneider, Principal/AVID Coodinator

Sunflower Intermediate School, 620-604-2800:
Jennifer Workman, Principal/AVID Coordinator

USD 480 AVID Student Quotes:

USD 480 Middle School students:

“AVID has helped me with my self-confidence and given me more opportunities to meet new people and boost my grades.”

“AVID has helped my organizational skills because I don’t lose papers anymore.”

“AVID has helped me be more aware and better prepared for my future.”

“AVID has helped me be organized and be able to ask good questions.”


USD 480 High School students:

AVID has helped me expand my college dreams and understand there is a WAY to everything.”

“AVID has helped me take challenging courses, boost my self-esteem, stay of trouble, and improve my grades.”

“AVID has helped me take responsibility for myself and my actions. I am now more organized; AVID has helped me set clear goals and has shown me that I have the potential to reach those goals. I have improved my pubic-speaking, note-taking, and decision-making skills I will need in college.”

“AVID has helped me in being more organized and keeping up on my grades. It has helped in communicating more with my teachers when I need help and in making good decisions to get help when needed.”