AVID in Middle and High School
AVID is a select group of students in grades 7-12 at all of our Keller ISD middle and high schools. The AVID Elective class targets students in the academic middle, who have the desire to go to college and are capable of completing a rigorous curriculum using the will to work hard. The AVID Elective is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading. AVID WICOR strategies are also used in content-area classes (English language arts, math, science, and social studies).
Who is an AVID student?
Students who have the desire and determination to attend a four-year college and:
- Willingness to undertake demanding preparation for college
- No disciplinary incidents
- Have between a 2.0 and 3.5-grade point average
- Have a good attendance record
- In addition to the above also meets the selection criteria of the Campus AVID Site Team
The AVID program requires hard work and perseverance and is effective only if participation is voluntary. Students must be committed to:
- Enroll in AVID as an elective class
- Enroll in a rigorous course of study to include Pre-AP, Dual, or Advanced Placement courses
- Study at least one to two hours a day and complete all assignments
- Maintain organization through an AVID binder or electronic means that includes class notes, study material, assignments, and completed work
- Participate in AVID tutorial groups
- Assist teachers and students in maintaining a positive learning environment
- Participate in AVID field trips and activities
- Take the PSAT and SAT or ACT in high school
- Apply for scholarships and/or financial aid in the senior year
- Consistently planning and preparing for college admissions
- Developing leadership skills
- Developing success strategies and study skills for lifelong learning
What are AVID tutorials?
One of the pillars of the AVID program is the tutorial groups where students are supported in their rigorous coursework through the help of college-level tutors. It is not a place where students do homework or have others review class content if they were absent or not paying attention. Students should be prepared with their notes, completed or partially completed homework, and completed Tutorial Request Forms. The goals of a tutorial are:
- To teach students the skills needed to work collaboratively to solve problems.
- To empower students to answer their own questions by posing questions, which helps students to think more deeply about what they are learning.
- To guide students in high-level discussions as a means of developing vocabulary, enhancing discussion skills, and fostering thought processes that enable students to succeed in their classes.
- To reinforce writing skills through a review of notes, learning logs, essays, etc.
What role do AVID families play in AVID?
The involvement of family is a priority in AVID. AVID families want their children to succeed and are an integral part of the learning team. As part of admission into the AVID program, families are informed of the rigorous AVID curriculum and are required to sign a document of commitment to support their students. Family members are kept informed about program events and expectations through newsletters, telephone calls, and parent meetings. Family meetings help build a strong adult peer group through which families can encourage one another, share information, and become more involved in the overall school program.