Air Academy High School

AVID Elective Class for Freshman



What is AVID?

·         Advancement Via Individual Determination

·         Acceleration (NOT remediation)

·         A structured approach to rigorous curriculum

·         Direct support structure for college bound students

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Why college readiness?

·         Will every student pursue higher education? Not necessarily. Should every student be prepared for and have the option to attend college or pursue higher education? Absolutely!

·         College readiness: the level of preparation a student needs to enroll and succeed—without remediation—in a credit-bearing general education course at a postsecondary institution that offers a baccalaureate degree or transfer to a baccalaureate program. -Dr. David Conley, Defining College Readiness


How does AVID work?

·         Accelerates students who have potential into more rigorous courses

·         Teaches academic and social skills not targeted in other classes

·         Provides intensive support with in-class tutors and a strong student/teacher relationship

·         Creates a positive peer group for students

·         Develops a sense of hope and personal achievement gained through hard work and determination


What does AVID do?

·         Develops readers and writers

·         Develops deep content knowledge

·         Teaches content-specific strategies for reading, writing, thinking, and speaking

·         Develops habits, skills, and behaviors to use knowledge and abilities


What strategies does AVID use? WICOR.

·         Writing – Cornell note-taking, learning logs, quick writes and reflections, peer evaluation, etc.

·         Inquiry – skilled questioning, Costa's Levels of Thinking, Socratic Seminars, tutorials, etc.

·         Collaboration – Philosophical Chairs, peer editing groups, service learning projects, etc.

·         Organization – binders, focused note-taking system, tutorials, SMART goals, etc.

·         Reading – graphic organizers, vocabulary building, summarizing, reciprocal teaching, etc.


What results does AVID offer?

·         Raises student achievement

·         Ensures college access and success

·         Closes opportunity and expectation gaps


What do AVID students say about AVID? http://bcove.me/ub3xkk9c