What is AVID?

AVID is an exciting program designed to increase school-wide learning and performance.  The purpose of the AVID program is to restructure the teaching methods of an entire school and to open access to the curricula that will ensure four-year college eligibility for almost all students.  The mission of AVID is to ensure that all students, and most especially the least served in the middle, capable of completing a college preparatory path: 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 Press 2005). 


What is required of an AVID student?

Each AVID student is required to carry a binder in which he or she keeps materials from all academic classes.  Students keep track of assignments on assignment sheets and are required to take DAILY notes in all academic classes.  The notebooks are graded weekly for content and organization by both me and tutors.  Led by tutors, students will participate in tutorial groups in the AVID classroom.  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 school ones, for monitoring by the AVID teacher.



What can parents do to support AVID students?

Communication between the AVID teacher and parent(s) is essential.  I will contact you to share your student’s progress, and appreciate any information you share with me.  At home, parents can see to it that students are doing their homework in a quiet place with few interruptions.  By asking your students about his/her day, and inquiring about homework and the events of school, you will bridge what could be a great gap between his/her school life and home life.  When the two are connected, successes increase.  In addition, stressing your belief that you student can succeed in high school and attend college will also motivate him/her to work harder and achieve more.



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