What is AVID?
AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. AVID is a campus-wide college readiness support system that will work hand-in-hand with the core content courses to prepare students for challenging, rigorous work.
Additionally, there is a middle school AVID Elective course that has its own curriculum geared towards equipping students to succeed in school and, more importantly, in college.AVID students become the model of college readiness, which is a foundation of the LEAD 2021 strategic plan. Participation in AVID is a high honor that any student would want to attain. Students and parents who are interested in the AVID elective course should see their campus counselor for an application. AVID Site Teams at each campus review student applications and interview students to determine students who meet the expectations and would benefit the most from the class.
What does it mean to be "college ready?"
In his work College and Career Ready: Helping All Students Succeed Beyond High School, David Conley identified the following four dimensions of college and career readiness:
- Key Cognitive Strategies: problem formulation, research, interpretation, communication, and precise and accurate work
- Key Content Knowledge: understanding of principal ideas in each academic discipline
- Academic Behaviors: a.k.a. self-management such as metacognitive strategies, study skills, and time management techniques.
- Contextual Skills and Awareness: understanding the norms of college world and the interpersonal skills needed to cope within a new system
How does AVID help students become college ready?
AVID’s is centered around research-based best practices, called WICOR strategies:
- Writing – Daily writing, such as Cornell note-taking, learning logs, quick writes and reflections, process writing, peer evaluation, etc
- Inquiry – Building inquiry into daily lessons with the use of skilled questioning techniques, Costa’s Levels of Thinking, Socratic Seminars, investigations and question-guided research
- Collaboration – Fostering teamwork skills through activities like Socratic Seminars, Philosophical Chairs, group activities and projects, peer editing, etc.
- Organization - Building organizational skills through time management, binder organizational system, backwards-mapping agendas and goal setting, and organized note-taking.
- Reading – Building reading skills in every subject through deep reading strategies, note-taking, graphic organizers,vocabulary building, and summarizing