Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) M (year-long) is an academic elective course for students in Grades 6-8 that prepares students for college readiness and success. Each week, students receive instruction utilizing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum provided by the AVID Center, tutor-facilitated study groups, motivational activities and academic success skills. In AVID, students participate in activities that incorporate strategies focused on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading to support their academic growth. Students will Use analog and digital binders and planners to organize materials and activities. Organize and reinforce their thinking using tools such as tools graphic organizers, learning logs, reflections and focused note-taking. Set goals to self-monitor, self-direct, self-evaluate and self-advocate. Practice the writing process to produce a variety of formal documents. Use Costa's Levels of Thinking to generate higher level questions and facilitate collaborative discussions such as Philosophical Chairs, Socratic Seminars and other structures for collaboration. Participate in problem-solving collaborative study groups, demonstrate leadership skills and use technology to facilitate collaboration when appropriate.