No one can predict the future, but all students can be prepared to thrive in the world that awaits them
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a schoolwide approach that equips students, regardless of their postsecondary path, with the tools to design their own futures. By providing students with a toolkit of transferable, instructional best strategies, ranging from academic skillsets to leadership development, students deepen their critical thinking and analytical skills, explore their interests and postsecondary options, thrive in rigorous courses (e.g. Pre-AP/Advancement Placement or CTE courses) at a much higher rate than their peers, and learn how to better advocate for themselves as lead learners. Although AVID is a schoolwide approach that can be embedded within any content area, students in the AVID Elective Course are provided targeted support and explore college and career readiness opportunities that are more closely aligned to their individual interests. The AVID Program teaches students how to study, read, write, and think like content experts, take focused notes, and manage their time effectively. Students in the AVID Elective participate in Socratic style tutorial sessions, facilitated by trained tutors, who help students define their point of confusion, unpack their thinking, and arrive at a solution via a questions-based approach that guide students to a higher level of understanding.
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- Mondays and Wednesdays: AVID Elective Students are engaged in the AVID Curriculum; these class sessions are specifically designed to build the instructional acumen of students via high engaging, college and career readiness lesson plans that provide students with a toolkit of instructional best practices that can be transferred to any content area.
- Tuesday and Thursdays: AVID Elective students use the inquiry process and Socratic dialogue to address Points of Confusion (POCs) from their content classes in order to come to a more complete understanding of what they are learning.
- Framework Fridays address different parts of AVID's College and Career Readiness Framework than curriculum and tutorial days; Framework Fridays include college and career exploration, student leadership seminars, guest speakers, and/or college or career-related field trips.
- The 6th grade AVID Elective course is an introduction to the AVID philosophy. Students will develop an awareness of the values accompanying academic goals and success.
- The 7th grade AVID Elective course builds upon the foundational components of the AVID philosophy. Students will refine short- and long-term goals and, as a result, begin to understand the value in taking charge of their actions.
- The 8th grade AVID Elective course is the year of preparation for high school. Students will regularly exhibit and utilize the skills and strategies learned in the 6th and 7th grade AVID courses.
- The 9th 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.
- During the 10th grade AVID Elective course, students will refine the AVID strategies to meet their independent needs and learning styles.
- The 11th 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.
- The 12th grade AVID Elective course is the second part in a junior/senior seminar course that focuses on the writing and critical thinking expected of first- and second-year college students.