Students sought for college readiness program

Maui High School’s Advancement Via Individual Determination program is recruiting current 8th-grade students from Lokelani Intermediate School and Maui Waena Intermediate School, as well as current 9th-, 10th-, and 11th-grade students from Maui High School, for the 2014-15 school year.

The deadline for Maui Waena applicants is Friday. Lokelani applications are due Monday, and Maui High applications are due Jan. 17.

The AVID program is a college readiness system implemented in more than 4,900 schools nationwide, according to a news release. It is designed to give students options when they graduate from high school.

AVID targets students who, with support, have college potential. Often, these students are not reaching their full academic potential, but AVID equips them with the skills necessary to be successful in more rigorous coursework.

Students will be selected based on specific criteria including grades, state test scores, citizenship, attendance, determination, first in family to attend college, economically disadvantaged, as well as teacher recommendations.

All submitted applications will be reviewed by the Maui High AVID Site Team, and the decisions to interview and select students will depend upon the review process and availability.

Students who are placed in the AVID elective will receive training in specific skills that will help them to be critical thinkers, be organized students and have success in advanced courses, according to the release.

For more information and/or to apply to the program, contact Dani de Jesus, Maui High’s AVID coordinator, at 727-4188 or