Advancement Via Individual Determination
AVID takes students with the potential and determination to go to college and places them in the rigorous courses required to get into four-year universities. In the AVID elective course, students are taught the skill sets (Solid note taking, organization, public speaking, responsibility) necessary to be successful in those rigorous courses. The students are supported throughout the day by core academic teachers who reinforce the AVID strategies learned in the AVID elective course. AVID impacts students schoolwide as academic strategies like writing to learn, inquiry, collaboration, organizational skills, and critical reading (WICOR ) are taught in all AVID classes by teachers who have been trained to use AVID strategies in specific content areas. AVID creates an atmosphere of positive peer pressure for the students, so that they push each other to strive for success rather than perpetuating failure.
AVID Mission Statement:
The mission of AVID is to ensure that all students – especially those on a college preparatory path…
- will succeed in the most rigorous curriculum,
- will enter mainstream activities of the school,
- will attend four-year universities,
- will become responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.
Why AVID Works:
- AVID places motivated students in a rigorous curriculum while providing academic and emotional support.
- AVID emphasizes time-management and goal-setting skills to succeed in school and in life.
- AVID develops a gifted team of students for positive peer tutoring.
- AVID redefines the teacher’s role as a student advocate and a personal-success coach.
The ninth grade AVID Elective course will serve as a review of the AVID philosophy and strategies. Students will work on academic and personal goals and communication, adjusting to the high school setting. Students will increase awareness of their personal contributions to their learning, as well as their involvement in their school and community. There is an emphasis on analytical writing, focusing on personal goals and thesis writing. Students will work in collaborative settings, learning how to participate in collegial discussions and use sources to support their ideas and opinions. Students will prepare for and participate in college entrance and placement exams, while refining study skills and test-taking, note-taking, and research techniques. They will take an active role in field trips and guest speaker preparations and presentations. Their college research will include financial topics and building their knowledge on colleges and careers of interest.
During the tenth grade AVID Elective course, students will refine the AVID strategies to meet their independent needs and learning styles. Students will continue to refine and adjust their academic learning plans and goals, increasing awareness of their actions and behaviors. As students increase the rigorous course load and school/community involvement, they will refine their time management and study skills accordingly. Students will expand their writing portfolio to include: analyzing prompts, supporting arguments and claims, character analysis and detailed reflections. Students will also analyze various documents, in order to participate in collaborative discussions and develop leadership skills in those settings. Students will expand their vocabulary use, continue to prepare for college entrance exams and preparation. Text analysis will focus on specific strategies to understand complex texts. Lastly, students will narrow down their college and careers of interest, based on personal interests and goals.
The eleventh grade AVID Elective course is the first part in a junior/senior seminar course that focuses on writing and critical thinking expected of first- and second-year college students. In addition to the academic focus of the AVID seminar, there are college-bound activities, methodologies and tasks that should be undertaken during the junior year to support students as they apply to four-year universities and confirm their postsecondary plans. Activities include accessing their Naviance accounts, performing applicable college searches, a college fair project, preparation for college entrance exams, a research paper, and a service-learning project. In addition, students will draft their resumes and college essays based on the common application prompts.
The AVID Elective twelfth grade course is the second part in a junior/senior seminar course that focuses on writing and critical thinking expected of first- and second-year college students. Students will complete a final research essay project from research conducted in their junior year in AVID. In addition to the academic focus of the AVID senior seminar, there are college-bound activities, methodologies and tasks that should be achieved during the senior year that support students as they apply to four-year universities and confirm their postsecondary plans. Students will spend a majority of their time finalizing drafts of their resumes and essays, as well as completing their applications and in-house paperwork. Once applications are complete, our focus will change to financial aid. FAFSA, CSS Profile forms and scholarships will be completed. Once acceptance and financial aid packages begin rolling in, we will evaluate those packages and help the student decide on which 4-year post-secondary school to decide to attend.