LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - We all knew someone like them in school or we were one of them. A student who did ok and got by, but had the potential to do so much more.
At the 4H Center outside of Little Rock, a group of Central High Students is learning the ropes of teamwork.
All members of a program called AVID. The high school freshman were hand picked to be better than average.
AVID coordinator Stacy McAdoo says it's more than a program, it's a philosophy.
"Avid is a college preparatory program for students that are academically in the middle. It stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. When I say in the middle, there are students that have a 2.0 to 3.5 GPA."
The goal is to help this group excel through high school. McAdoo says AVID is offered as an elective period where students are closely monitored and provided assistance with their studies.
"We teach them time management, we make sure they know how to prioritize and do their homework when they're supposed to."
And student Danny Oates says the program is working.
"It just helps you get ready for college, so you need to start thinking early and AVID helps you with that. We're all looking up colleges, we're going to college fairs."
Classmate Kristian Stephens says she's also rising to the test.
"It's better to challenge yourself, so you'll be more prepared for college. That's what AVID is. AVID is a college preparation program, so it's better to challenge yourself."
Thursday, the ninth graders participated in the 4H Center's EXCEL Program.
Working with one another to complete a challenge and Danny Oates says he's learning how to be a team player.
"Don't put anybody down when they're already doing something wrong. Encourage them and tell them the right thing to do."
McAdoo says the day of team building helps the students trust one another."
"The most beneficial thing about AVID is the family atmosphere that has been created with these students."
The Avid class is offered in nearly every high school in the Little Rock School District. At Central they have close to 180 students enrolled in the program.