AVID 2018-09-21T09:18:13-05:00

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

AVID is a nationally recognized system and Pius XI is the only private high school in the Milwaukee area where it’s fully implemented. AVID is researched based and focused on best practices in Reading, Writing, Collaboration, and Organization.

Through AVID, Pius XI has developed a strong system of student-centered strategies designed to actively engage our scholars in their own learning. As a result, students are positioned for success in Advanced Placement and Honors Courses. Since implementing AVID, Pius XI has developed structures and strategies that further improved academic achievement by creating a culture of motivation, self-discipline, goal setting and positive morale.

“Students in AVID are actively engaged in college preparatory activities and expected to take rigorous classes. AVID provides the support and resources they need to be successful.“
Jason Gonzalez, AVID Coordinator

AVID School-Wide is Designed to:

  • Provide students a variety of social and academic structures that include instruction to develop the skills to study, read, and think critically.
  • Help motivate students and their families to develop educational and career goals.
  • Improve the quality of teachers instruction and school leadership.

AVID Elective Course is Designed to:

  • Teach disciplined study and organizational habits such as note taking , daily note review, and incorporation of new understanding into previous knowledge.
  • Provide the opportunity for focused practice of these habits.
  • Support students in higher level thinking, problem solving and collaboration to improve their understanding of specific concepts through focused tutorials. 

AVID Faculty

Kara Rogatzki (AVID District Director): krogatzki@piusxi.org
Renee Collins (AVID English): rcollins@piusxi.org
Jason Gonzalez (AVID Coordinator): jgonzalez@piusxi.org 
Patty Hupfer Riedel (AVID Science): phupfer@piusxi.org 
Suzanne Lovinus (AVID Counseling): slovinus@piusxi.org
Lauren Schimmels (AVID English): lschimmels@piusxi.org

Pius XI offers an exceptional educational experience grounded in four core pillars of excellence

• Living the Faith
• College-Ready Academics
• Renowned Arts Program
• Winning Athletics

Award-winning faculty are scholars in their own right and committed to student success

• 100+ courses
• 12 Advanced Placement classes
• Customized Tailored Curriculum
• Engage students in intellectual dialogue
• Cultivating lifelong learning

Pius XI is a warm and welcoming community of global learners

• Diverse, International Community
• Broad World Perspective
• Academic Prowess
• Respect and Dignity of Others
• Deep Appreciation of Peers

Upon graduation, our students are prepared with life skills to succeed

• 93% of Pius XI graduates continue their education at a four-year university or college
• After attaining a Bachelors degree, 32% of grads will pursue an advanced degree
• Pius XI grads have been chosen by every Ivy League and Big 10 School