AVID is an amazing Elective program:
What AVID Is:
- An acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination
- An academic elective program for grades 9 – 12 that supports and prepares students for college eligibility and success
- A curriculum designed to enhance students’ skills in using writing to learn, inquiry, collaboration, critical reading, note-taking, and study habits.
- College students are in the classroom twice a week to facilitate student tutorial groups
- Field trips are taken to universities in the area.
- Guest speakers and motivational activities are also important components to the class.
Who is an AVID Student?
AVID students are students in the academic middle, capable of completing a college preparatory path with support. In the identification process a number of criteria are considered, including:
- Desire and Determination – students don’t have to already know what college and what career they are shooting for; they just need the desire and determination to explore those options and work hard toward building the habits now that will help them reach any goal.
- Middle to high scores on state tests
- Grades above a 2.5 overall GPA and no F’s in a core class
- Good Citizenship and Attendance
- First in Family to Attend College
- Historically Underrepresented in 4-year Colleges
- Economically Disadvantaged
- Other Special Circumstances
While all of the criteria are considered for acceptance into the program, no single criteria will necessarily eliminate a student from consideration.
Once Selected for AVID, What are the Student Requirements?
AVID students must:
- Attend an AVID elective class and enroll in a rigorous course load that matches their abilities and interests
- Maintain satisfactory citizenship and attendance in all classes
- Maintain the AVID binder with assignment/grade record sheets and daily notes in all classes
- Complete all homework assignments and commit to studying every night
- Maintain a 2.0 overall GPA with C’s or above in core classes
What AVID Is Not:
- A remedial program
- A drop-out prevention program
- A school within a school
- A quick fix
- An affirmative action program
What Do AVID Students Say About the Program?
- Avid has given me a standard to strive for.
- Avid has really opened my eyes to what is out there, especially with regard to college. AVID opens doors.
- Cornell notes organize your notes in a way so that they are easy to read and make the most important information stand out.
- Believe it or not, taking notes helps you remember the concepts and information better than just listening
- Tutorials are also a big thing because instead of just guessing on my questions and not getting help, tutorials help with working with others who understand the concepts and getting information from every perspective.
- Avid helps you accomplish the goals you set.
- I use my planner way more than I would have without the push of my teacher or peers; my planner holds everything and without it my school life would fall apart.
- Study skills help you to rock tests because they help with every aspect of studying: amount of time to spend, how to go about it, and when to do it throughout the week.
- Organization helps to be a better student because everything is where it’s needed and that makes it easier to look for things.
- Tutorials have helped me get together with people with the same classes so we can help each other out by explaining what we understand and helping each other to understand.
- Somehow, you [the AVID teacher] also taught me how to put myself out there…what you really taught me was how to work and communicate well with others, how to communicate and not argue.
- Avid is like a whole package because you learn so much but you also gain so much support and most importantly you gain a family.
- Now for each class I am as prepared as a space-shuttle preparing for a launch to the moon. ☺
We still have openings for 9th and 10th grade Elective classes for the 20-21 school year.
Follow the links to find out more.
Freshmen- Avid Application
AVID Application for current BHS students