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About AVID

The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) elective class provides a curriculum that focuses on strong reading and writing skills, organization, study strategies for success, and research on colleges and careers. AVID students also participate in Socratic-style tutorials two days per week. The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. AVID places academically average students in advanced classes and provides them with an elective class that prepares them to succeed in rigorous curricula, enter mainstream activities in school, and increase their opportunities to enroll in four-year colleges.

To learn more about this opportunity for your child, please contact our AVID Coordinator:
Lisa Hyland lhyland@sowashco.org

AVID Structure

AVID helps students build skills they will need to become college graduates. Students enroll in rigorous classes and in the AVID elective. The pillars of the curriculum are strong writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading skills. For one period a day, students learn skills, such as:

  • AVID 9-12
    • How to organize schoolwork and study,
    • How to think critically and ask probing questions,
    • How to get academic help from peers (and college tutors),
    • How to work effectively with teachers.
  • AVID 10
    • PLAN Test - Understand and act on results
    • Career Research
  • AVID 11
    • ACT Prep
    • College Research
  • AVID 12
    • Navigating the college application, scholarship, and financial aid processes

AVID students participate in activities (like Service Learning) to enrich their learning, motivate them, and make college seem possible. These students gain an improved self-image and become academic leaders who are prepared for college. All students can benefit from AVID, but its target is the least served students in the academic middle.

AVID Tutoring and Help 

What do I do when I come in for help?

  • Use the time as structured work time
  • Work on assigned reading, assignments, and projects.
  • You will have a teacher there to ask . . .
    • Is my work “on the right track”?
    • Is my work of good quality? (Come with assignments complete if possible.)
    • Can you help me understand this section of the reading?
    • Can you clarify these directions for me?
    • Can you help me understand the assignment expectations?

Time to study with a teacher there to help if you need it

  • Do your “Note making” step of looking for key words to circle, highlighting main ideas, adding info, and identifying any points of confusion with a question mark.
  • Do your “Note interacting” step of creating high level question in the question column, quizzing yourself with those questions, and writing a good summary at the bottom.
  • You will have a teacher there to ask for help if you are not understanding something.
  • What are some areas of the class information you are not confident in yet? Can you bring this to tutorial?

Questions to ask of your teachers?

  • Would you be willing to look at the work I have done so far on this assignment?
  • Am I following the expectations well?
  • How can I improve the quality of this work?
  • What would you recommend I spend this time studying?
  • What are some higher level questions I could challenge myself with?
  • AVID

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