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

The AVID acronym stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. This is a nationally-recognized educational approach that ensures all students are successful in rigorous curriculum. 

At FRMS, AVID is an academic, regularly scheduled elective class based on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading. The three main components are:

  • Academic instruction
  • Tutorial/Collaborative study groups
  • Motivational activities and field trips

AVID equips our teachers with what they need to help students in the academic middle succeed on a path to college and career success. The foundation of our AVID work at Falcon Ridge Middle School is built on the STAR. Be a STAR - Use the CORNELL note taking strategy.

  • S = Set up the format.
  • T = Take text or lecture notes.
  • A = After class, revise your notes.
  • R = Review and study your notes.

Learn more about AVID >


Deb Paino
Falcon Ridge AVID Coordinator

651-683-6969, ext. 85305


Amy Cress

Falcon Ridge AVID Teacher


AVID Application Process

AVID is an elective course at Falcon Ridge. An application must be submitted and interviews are conducted in February for the following year.


Teachers are inherently passionate about education. AVID helps teachers shift from delivering content to facilitating learning, resulting in an inquiry-based, student-centric classroom. These elements are at the core of our approach to closing the opportunity gap.