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Academic Programs

AVID (advancement via individual determination)

AVID recruits students who are motivated to do well and who are serious about their academic future. Students who are willing to put in additional time to excel in the learning.

What is AVID?

AVID prepares students in the academic middle for admission to a four-year college or university. Students take an AVID Elective course throughout high school that teaches them with the skills needed to be successful in advancing academically with the ultimate goal of attending college. For more than 30 years, AVID has been instrumental in preparing students for success in higher education.

The core component of the AVID Secondary System is the AVID Elective, which supports students as they challenge themselves in more rigorous classes. Students are taught study skills, note-taking, time management, writing skills, and research skills, while being immersed in a college-going culture. The class also includes tutoring sessions that are led by college students and provide support for success in the academically rigorous curriculum. Additionally, the AVID class provides access to information about colleges and universities through field trips, guest speakers, college tutors, scholarship opportunities, and college admission requirement information.

The applications process will ask questions to assist in the selection process. In addition, a family section is included in the application. All information will be confidential and used only for the recruitment process. Please visit for more information. 

If you have questions, please call Dr. Frankie Lizar at 913-288-3306 or reach out by email at


The mission of 20/20 Leadership is to provide high school students unique experiential learning opportunities to expand their education beyond the classroom, develop resilient leaders, and build stronger communities. You can learn more about 20/20 Leadership here. If your student is interested in the program, please have them contact their school counselor.

Upward Bound Math and Science

Upward Bound Math/Science (UBMS) Program provides high school students enriched academic, social, cultural and personal support in high school completion, postsecondary completion in STEM and lifelong success. We partner with programs through the University of Kansas and Northwest Missouri State University. Students interested in UBMS should contact their school counselor.