What is AVID:
AVID offers the following benefits for both Teachers and Students –
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an academic elective course that prepares
students for college readiness and success, and it is scheduled during the regular school day as a year-long course. Each week, students receive instruction utilizing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum provided by 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.
The seventh grade AVID Elective course builds upon the 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. Students will start working on intrapersonal and interpersonal skills, as well as formal and informal speech. Students will complete self-evaluations and peer evaluations, related to reading, writing, organization, and speaking. In broadening their writing practice, students will begin considering audience, purpose and form in their writing. Students will take an active role in their learning, understanding the roles of all members in assignments and collaborative lessons. They will expand their knowledge bases of note-taking, in relation to studying and test preparation.
Students will be exposed to different field trips, guest speakers and research, to increase their knowledge of college and career options.
Subjects Covered in Class/ Skills Developed –
- Community and School Involvement
- Ownership of Learning
- The Writing Process
- Costa’s Levels of Thinking
- Socratic Seminar and Philosophical Chairs
- Organization and Time Management
- Research and Technology
- Test Preparation/Test-Taking
- Identify key vocabulary while reading
- Textual Analysis
- College Preparedness
- Guest Speakers
- Field Trips
AVID Strands and Standards