What is AVID?
Avid adj.: enthusiastic; ardent; characterized by vigorous pursuit [ L avidus,eager for knowledge]
AVID is a college preparatory program for grades six through twelve that empowers students to succeed in a rigorous academic curriculum.
The goal of AVID is to educate the whole student by unifying six important elements of education: students, curriculum, faculty, skills, parents, and community.
The AVID curriculum includes instruction in study skills, organizational skills, communication skills, writing, test-taking strategies, personal development, and team-building.
TEN REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESS IN AVID
- Being in AVID is a privilege and enrollment in the program is an honor.
- Behave accordingly in each class and in all activities where you represent our school.
- Be an active learner: be attentive, take Cornell notes in each class.
- AVID is a class. Complete all AVID assignments
- Come prepared to study groups and tutorials. Have all class notes, texts, handouts, and any other necessary materials. Be aware that study groups and tutorials are not a replacement for homework time. They are study sessions with college tutors. As a group member, help others and, in turn, receive help from members of the group.
- Be prepared for all classes with your AVID binder that includes all assigned work completed and ready to submit at the beginning of the class.
- Stay on top of your grades by taking the responsibility for your own learning. If you start to fall behind, request help from the teachers and/or tutors.
- Advance classes are challenging and you may see a decline in your grades in the beginning. This will require extra time and effort by utilizing before or after school tutoring.
- Participate as an active member in all fund-raising, community service and field trip activities.
- Participate in the program throughout high school.
Best Practices Towards Success:
- Maintain enrollment in college preparatory classes
- Maintain a notebook with class and text notes for each academic course
- Maintain assignment sheets for each subject and complete tutorial forms for all AVID tutorial sessions
- Take at least one page of notes in every class each day
- Spend two hours per night on homework and study
- Maintain satisfactory citizenship and attendance in all classes
- Complete AVID assignments including writing and speaking tasks
- Participate in AVID tutorials
- Take the PSAT at least once
- Attend the AVID field trips during and after school
- Maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average
- Increase academic rigor by enrolling in and successfully completing at least one Advanced class in one or more of the core curriculum areas (English, Math, Social Studies, Science) each year
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