In the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) elective at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS), students in the academic middle find the tools that they need to be more successful in the classroom and prepare for college.
With many AVID students being the first in their families to continue their education after high school, they also enjoy campus visits as part of the program — including a recent visit to Temple University.
PWHS Senior Ryan Henry described the trip:
"The junior and senior AVID classes visited Temple University on September 27, 2019. We arrived and started touring Temple University; as we walked throughout the campus, we got to see all the different departments of Temple, including The Fox School of Business. We also got the pleasure to walk through Temple's brand new technological library called Charles Library. Walking through Temple's lively campus, we passed a pep rally with cheerleaders and the band performing. After our tour of the campus, we got an admissions tour, and we talked all about the admissions process for Temple University. We all enjoyed our time at Temple University, and it was a great way to explore more of a city campus."
"It was a great experience learning about college in a more urban setting, and it was a great way to start senior year," added Tim McNally.
In class, AVID students also learn about the college application process and funding for college. The PWHS AVID Class of 2019 received more than 106 acceptance letters and earned nearly $1 million in scholarship money for their first year of college.