The AVID Program
AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system for elementary through higher education that is designed to increase school wide learning and performance. The AVID College Readiness System (ACRS) accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional learning, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.
The UAlbany STEP Club provides tutors to help facilitate peer to peer learning in the classroom using AVID's tutorology methods and Cornell Notes. The tutors also answer and give advice about the journey to college and the benefits a college education can give you.
Albany High School SMART Scholars Program
The Smart Scholars Early College High School Program was developed to increase high school graduation rates and college completion rates for disadvantaged students by allowing high school students to earn college credit. UAlbany is part of one of eleven partnerships funded through the NYS Department of Education by The Gates Foundation, with eight of the eleven partnerships including a SUNY institution.
UAlbany will partner with the City School District of Albany as the lead agency, Hudson Valley Community College, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in creating an Early College High School within Citizens Academy at Albany High. Students will enroll in HVCC after completing preparatory courses in their freshman and sophomore years with an opportunity to earn up to 33 college credits.