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AVID at VVMS
- succeeding in rigorous curriculum,
- participating in activities at the school,increasing their enrollment in four-year colleges, and
- becoming responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.
The AVID instructional program focuses on methods that will help students prepare for -- and participate in -- a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum. These methods include:
- writing as a tool of learning,
- inquiry method,
- organization and
- reading as a tool of learning.
Why does AVID work?
AVID works because:
- The selection process ensures only those with ability, desire and determination participate.
- It accelerates underachieving students.
- Intensive support is provided.
- Specific needs of underachieving students are targeted.
- Teacher is redefined as an advocate and guide.
- Communication and sharing between teachers, administrators and counselors occurs.
- All strategies are research-based.
Who should apply for the AVID Elective? AVID targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and willingness to work hard. AVID students are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but may be falling short of their potential.
The typical AVID student:
- has average to high test scores,
- has a 2.0-3.5 GPA,
- has college potential,
- is the first in their family to attend college,
- may be historically underrepresented on four-year college campuses, and
- may be low income and/or meet special circumstances.
What is the AVID elective?
Students in the AVID program take the AVID elective at the same time they are enrolled in rigorous courses. The AVID elective is an exploratory class which takes the place of FACS/Art/Tech Ed/Computer Science. In the AVID elective, students learn study and organizational skills, develop critical thinking skills, receive academic support from college tutors and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college more attainable.