Major Concepts/Content: Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an academic elective course that prepares students for college readiness and success, and it is scheduled during the regular school day as a year?long course. Each week, students receive instruction utilizing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum provided by AVID Center, tutor?facilitated study groups, motivational activities, and academic survival skills. The course emphasizes rhetorical reading, analytical writing, collaborative discussion strategies, tutorial inquiry study groups, preparation for college entrance and placement exams, college study skills and test?taking strategies, note?taking, and research.
The AVID Elective 12th grade course is the second part in a junior/senior seminar course that focuses on writing and critical thinking expected of first? and second?year college students. This course continues around the theme of “Leadership as a Catalyst for Change in Society.” Students will complete a final research essay project from research conducted in their junior year in AVID. In addition to the academic focus of the AVID senior seminar, there are college?bound activities, methodologies and tasks that should be achieved during the senior year that support students as they apply to four?year universities and confirm their postsecondary plans. All AVID seniors are required to develop and present a portfolio representing their years of work in the AVID program, as well as complete the requirements for the seminar course.