At the secondary grade levels (7th-12th grades), AVID is an approved elective course taken during the school day and strategies implemented school-wide to help prepare students be Career and College Ready. At Sequoia High School the AVID class is provided during the advisory period. In this class, they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help using a tutorial process, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. As students progress in AVID, their self-images improve, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.
The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading. AVID curriculum is used in AVID elective classes and in content-area classes (English language arts, math, science, and social studies) in AVID schools.
AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system for elementary through higher education that is designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance. The AVID College Readiness System (ACRS) accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional learning, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.
“While others talk about what should be done to prepare students for college, AVID is doing it. For more than 30 years, the AVID College Readiness System has helped thousands of students, many of whom are overlooked and underserved, rise above the obstacles they face to achieve academic success.”
Some of the many topics covered in the 9th-12th grade AVID program include:
• Research Skills • • Research Papers • Public Speaking (including how-to speeches, informational speeches, and persuasive speeches) • Cornell Notes • Philosophical Chairs • Socratic Seminars • Scholarship & Financial Aid Research • Goal Setting • Mission Statements • Self Discovery & Reflection • Character Development • Tips for Success • Binder Checks • Interpersonal Relationships • Organizational Skills & Projects • Time Management • Money Management (including how to balance a check book and using credit cards responsibly) • College Readiness Skills • Tutorials • College Exploration • Career Exploration • The Process of Getting a Job (including resumes, preparing for interviews, mock interviews, filling out job applications, and thank you letters) • Study Skills • Guidance Lessons • Starting Your Own Business • Community Service Projects
Materials used in class:
• 2 ½ or 3 inch 3-ring view binder
• 1 inch 3-ring view binder (for your portfolio)
• Color dividers (a minimum of 1 per class)
• 2 black ink pens
• 2 #2 pencils
• Zipper pouch to store supplies
• 2 different colored highlighters
• 1 pack of filler paper (college ruled)