AVID - Advancement via Individual Determination

AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determination

Typical AVID Student Profile AVID students should meet the following criteria: • Below average to average test scores (example - SOL scores between 400-450); but their teachers feel they could score higher • 2.0-3.5 GPA (in non-honors classes) • College potential if student were provided additional support • Desire and determination – students who try, attempt to complete homework, etc ! AVID is NOT for students who:  Are frequently tardy or absent  Have chronic discipline issues  Have very little personal motivation  Do not like to work with their peers  AVID is NOT usually recommended for AAP Level 4 students, Level 1 or 2 ESOL students, or for students with a high level of Special Education services.

Course Objective: The mission of AVID is to ensure that students “in the middle” who have the potential to be successful in a college preparatory path will: • Succeed in a rigorous curriculum • Enroll in a four-year college • Enter mainstream activities of the school • Become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society

The AVID program is designed to meet the educational and social needs of students in the middle--students who, with support, have the potential to succeed in a rigorous course of study and go on to attend and graduate from a four-year college or university. Through AVID, students--often from those groups most underrepresented on postsecondary campuses--are prepared to meet four-year college entrance requirements by mastering college preparatory curricula.

The foundation of the AVID program is an elective class that provides academic support for students who aspire to college and who would benefit from daily in-school instructional support in order to be successful in a college preparatory course of study. AVID course content includes instruction intended to improve a variety of skills; tutorials designed to increase higher-level thinking and success in rigorous courses; and motivational activities, guest speakers, and college and career exploration.

Most students can succeed in rigorous courses and get into and through college by perseverance, hard work, and, as the AVID program’s name reveals, “individual determination.” However, many students need assistance in reaching the goal of going to college. AVID students are placed with a strong group of peers and adults who share a commitment to academic excellence and who work together for student success. In the AVID classroom students find high expectations, encouragement, day-to-day help, a vision of college as an expected and attainable goal, and guidance in and skills for reaching that goal. Ultimately, AVID provides a social and academic structure to support students as they work to succeed.

What do you do in the AVID class? In the AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) Elective classes the students will take part in the AVID curriculum which focuses upon Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, and Reading (WIC-R). Tutors will facilitate their group sessions (tutorials), and instruct all students on proper note taking and organization skills during each class. Students will learn how to apply AVID strategies to their daily routine for all their core classes.

AVID teachers: Shelby Seibert AVID coordinator, 7th grade Science teacher saseibert@fcps.edu Beau Fay, 7th grade Social Studies teacher pbfay@fcps.edu Elizabeth Schinstock, 7th grade Science teacher elschinstock@fcps.edu