The AVID Elective
The AVID elective is a year long course that students may take. In order to be enrolled in the AVID elective, students need to apply and be accepted for the course. While being enrolled in AVID, students are also enrolled in honors courses, and given supports to help their success in these classes.
In the elective, students have tutorials, twice a week to work on supporting their success in their rigorous curriculum. Additionally, the rest of the week focuses on WICOR---
7th and 8th Grade:
Requirements of the AVID Elective
There are several things that students must have and do in order to further aid in their own success in their classes. These are simply supplies that students need in order to ensure their organization. By being organized, students are on the right path towards success.
- 3-ring binder. (2-3 inch binders are recommended).
- Dividers for each class
- Pencil Pouch
- A clean and organized binder is a MUST. Therefore, only school-related materials can show on the outside of the binder. The inside pockets should have no materials. Materials should be organized inside the binder to ensure they can locate the materials that they need in their classes
There are requirements that students must follow to maintain the right path academically, including-
- Approximately 8 pages of Cornell notes (the number varies according to grade level)
- Maintain a 2.0 GPA
- Acceptable behavior in all classes
The AVID Week
The AVID week consists of 3 main parts- Tutorials, WICOR activities and Binder Checks. The purpose behind these 3 essential activities are to teach students the skills to obtain greater success in their content classes.
Tutorials take place every Monday and Wednesday. To prepare for this, students look over and analyze their notes and assignments. They bring (not only a question), but also prior work to show what they know and what they are confused on. During tutorials, students work together to identify the process in thought that students are confused on. By working together, students may also answer other questions that they are confused on. It clears up many different problems that students are experiencing.
Binder checks take place once a week. Students are checked on their organization. They need to have a required number of completed Cornell notes. Also, their binder needs to be well-organized, with the components that describes an organized binder. With organization, students will be better prepared to attend to their academic work.
WICOR activities occur during the majority of the AVID week. These lessons may consist of almost anything, but they all work to support the skills that students will need in their content classes. So, there is a focus on improving reading and writing skills. There is also a strong focus on improving their thinking skills to allow AVID students to be great critical thinkers.