What is AVID? Advancement via Individual Determination
A program dedicated to helping students achieve their goal of going to college.Students considered for AVID are bright students who might be under-achieving, underserved in the college system, first generation college students or other special circumstances.The AVID class, held within the regular school day, provides support, academic monitoring, and tutoring.The writing process, Socratic questioning, collaborative learning, and reading are the core strategies of the program.
What is required of an AVID student?
Each AVID student carries a binder in which he/she is required to keep materials from all academic classes.Students keep track of assignments on assignment sheets and are required to take DAILY notes in all academic classes.The notebooks are graded regularly for content and organization.Led by facilitators, students participate in CSGs (Collaborative Study Groups).In addition, students are taught study skills, test preparation, time management, and the writing process.Teachers fill out periodic progress reports, in addition to routine school ones, for monitoring by the AVID teacher/coordinator.
What can parents do to support AVID students?
Communication between the AVID teacher and the parent(s) is essential.I will contact you to share your student’s progress, and appreciate any information you share with me.At home, parents can see to it that students are doing their homework in a quiet place with few interruptions.By asking your student about his/her day, and inquiring about homework and the events of school, you will bridge what could be a great gap between his/her school life and home life.When the two are connected, successes increase.
In addition, stressing your belief that your student can succeed in middle school, high school and attend college will also motivate him/her to work harder and achieve more.Throughout the year, I will inform you of Parent/Family Workshops, which will address topics of concern relating to student success in middle school, in high school, even looking towards college applications and admission.