Cheering on Gunston ES, Our First AVID Elementary School

By Office of Communication and Community Relations
Message from the Superintendent
October 21, 2019

AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a program that supports students' academic achievement as they work toward a college education. I recently visited Gunston ES, the first AVID elementary school in FCPS. Gunston started with fifth grade, and plans to expand to the entire school within three to five years.


AVID principles include learning about organization, study skills, communication, and self-advocacy. AVID elementary students also learn to take structured notes, and answer and ask high-level questions that go beyond routine answers. The students I met were thoughtful and well-spoken. I could see Portrait of a Graduate in action all around me!