Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) - mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
AVID Elementary is designed to be embedded into the daily instruction of all elementary classrooms across entire grade levels to maintain schoolwide structures.
AVID Elementary's implementation resources, professional development, and philosophy are all grounded in the idea that the growth mindset can be taught to students, and it is through the growth mindset that AVID students succeed in following their dreams and fulfilling their aspirations.
Components of AVID Elementary
During each stage of learning, AVID Elementary incorporates:
- Student Success Skills – encompassing communication skills (e.g. listening, speaking, writing), self-advocacy skills, and study skills.
- Organizational Skills – both mental and physical; students are given organizational tools, as well as time management, goal-setting, and note-taking strategies.
- WICOR Lessons and L-WICOR Lessons – emphasize instruction on writing to learn, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading to learn in all content areas.
- Partnerships – among students, classrooms, grade levels, schools, feeder patterns, families and communities.
AVID is a regularly scheduled elective class that prepares students with high academic potential for success in college.
An AVID Student...
- Has desire and determination
- Wants to be challenged in school with support
- Might be the first person in their family to go to college one day
- Might be learning English as a second language
- May desire an “AVID Family” support system
- Could benefit from guidance at school to become college-ready
What are AVID student expectations?
AVID students are expected to enroll in rigorous college preparatory classes, maintain an absolute minimum of a “C” average, and be leaders on their campus.
What happens in the AVID Elective class?
- AVID students are supported in high-level academic skills in writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, reading and academic behaviors.
- Students are equipped with skills such as note taking, studying, test-taking, and goal setting.
- Students receive academic support from college-age tutors through collaborative groups and are motivated to pursue academic excellence through cultural and college field trips, classroom guest speakers, and AVID team building.