What is AVID?
AVID is a program dedicated to helping students achieve their goals of going to college. The AVID class, held within the regular school day, provides support, academic monitoring and tutoring. The writing process, socratic questioning, collaborative learning and reading are the core strategies of the program. It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap.
Students in AVID :
* Will succeed in rigorous curriculum
* Will enter mainstream activities of the school
* Will increase their enrollment in four year colleges, and
* Will become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.
AVID identifies these students. The selection criteria includes,
* Ability: Are the students getting Cs and Bs but are capable of more? Can they succeed in college preparatory courses with support?
* Desire and Determination: Do they want to attend college? Are they willing to work hard to get there?
What is Required of AVID Students?
Each AVID student carries a binder in which he or she is required to keep materials from all academic classes. Students keep track of assignments and are required to keep DAILY notes in all academic classes. The binders are graded weekly for content and organization. Led by tutors, students participate in tutorial groups in the AVID elective classroom every Tuesday and Thursday morning. In addition, students are taught study skills, test preparation, time management, and the writing process. Teachers fill out periodic progress reports in addition to routine ones, for monitoring by the AVID teacher and Guidance Dean.
Who Are AVID Tutors and What Do They Do?
AVID tutors are college students who receive training in methodologies used in AVID. They are in the classroom every Tuesday and Thursday to serve as models and to help students achieve success in rigorous classes. They are trained not to give students the answers, but rather to guide them toward answers. They may even ask permission to "shadow" students in their classes to help them learn how to take notes more effectively.
What can Parents do to Support AVID Students?
Communication between the AVID teacher and parent(s) is essential. Teachers will contact parents to share progress and they appreciate any information that parents share with them. At home, parents can see to it that students are doing their homework in a quiet place with few interruptions. By asking your child about his or her day and inquiring about homework and the events at school, you will bridge what could be a gap between his/her school life and home life. When the two are connected, success increases. In addition, stressing your belief that your student can succeed in high school and attend college will also motivate him/her to work harder and achieve more. Throughout the year several Parent/Family Workshops will be hosted by staff to address topics of concern relating to student success in school.
Why AVID works?
The AVID program is tailored to the needs of this diverse group of students, and it works for them because:
* AVID accelerates underachieving students into more rigorous courses, instead of consigning them to dead-end remedial programs.
* AVID offers the intensive support students need to succeed in rigorous courses.
* AVID uses Socratic methods and study groups that specifically target the needs of under-achieving students.
* AVID is a schoolwide initiative, not a school within a school.
* AVID redefines the role of teacher from lecturer to advocate and guide. The role of counselor changes from gate-keeper to facilitator.
* AVID creates site teams of administrators and educators from different content areas, encouraging communication and sharing among teachers, counselors, and principals.
All AVID strategies are based on research on tracking — the process by which some children are channeled into challenging courses and others are relegated to remedial ones — and peer influences in student achievement.
If you have any questions, please contact Jane Chard at 217/525-3010.