What is AVID?

AVID is a unique program, unlike any other. AVID is the ONLY program for students in the academic middle— not at-risk, not remedial, not GATE. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. It is an international program started by San Diego teacher, Mary Catherine Swanson. AVID is a 7-12th grade program for students who would be the first in their families to attend and graduate from a 4-year university.

AVID is specifically designed for those who are under-represented in colleges and universities, all the while having academic potential to be successful in college when they attend. The AVID program teaches students specific skills that will enhance their chances of gaining entrance into a 4-year university and successfully graduating from that institution. These skills include note taking, time management, organization, inquiry, writing, study methods, public speaking, and many other skills that are required in a rigorous high school curriculum (i.e. Honors and Advanced Placement) and college.

Additionally, AVID students must display a desire to be academically pushed to higher levels of learning. Having worked with AVID students for the past 4 years, I can honestly say that these are some of the hardest-working, motivated students I have ever seen. My respect for them runs deep because they are consciously choosing a path of rigor, when others seem to be coasting through school.

If you are interested in the AVID program for your student and he or she fits the profile of an AVID student, please contact the counseling department at BHMS. 

Additional information: http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/lret/avid/ 

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Applications Due:  March 18, 2016


If a student receives a "C" or lower in any class, they are required to attend an after-school tutorial to bring up their grade.
Every Tuesday and Thursday during Bobcat Time, AVID Tutors (college students) work with our AVID students.
Students must take at least one page of Cornell notes in each class.

Students' binders and backpacks must be organized and neat.

Must do S.L.A.N.T. in class (Sit up, Listen, Nod a few times, Talk to the teacher if necessary)

The goal of AVID is to support students in achieving college readiness and preparedness while developing a strong sense community through family and togetherness.

AVID Program Description - AVID's goal is to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility.  It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap.  Not only are students enrolled in some of our school's toughest classes, such as honors and Advanced Placement, but also in the AVID elective.  In AVID, they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable.  Their self-images improve, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.

AVID Student Description - AVID targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the determination to work hard.  These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential.  Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families.  AVID students may also have extenuating circumstances in their family or personal lives that mitigate their academic and college going support.  Most important is the student's level of determination to succeed via their own efforts.

AVID Recruitment Process - New students may join Westview AVID during one of two Recruitment periods: in the spring of the student's 8th grade year moving to 9th grade or in the spring of the student's 9th grade year moving to 10th grade.  We do not actively recruit 10th graders moving into their 11th grade year.  As part of Recruitment, students are asked to submit an application that includes a brief essay and schedule an interview.  AVID Teachers and Counselors assess student data such as GPA, STAR Test Scores, Parent Education Level and the Essay as well as interview each student.  Our Recruitment goal is to best identify student's who fit the AVID Student Description.

Visit http://www.avid.org/ for more info 

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