AVID stands for Advancement via Individual Determination and it is a program that prepares students who fall in the middle academically—but who are capable of completing a rigorous, college preparatory path—for four-year college eligibility. AVID pulls these students out of unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track by placing them in the toughest courses, such as honors and Advanced Placement. The AVID elective supports students in these courses; in the elective class, 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.
The primary components of the AVID elective are:
- Every Wednesday, students have their AVID binder check and receive points for having completed each grade level's required number of Cornell Notes (no partial credit for incomplete notes) from the previous week’s classes, an agenda/planner with recorded homework assignments, and an organized binder.
- Once a week, students complete Learning Logs. The goal of Learning Logs is to demonstrate complete understanding of a lesson from one academic class. Learning Logs should be at least one page in length, and clearly communicate topics or ideas as if students are teaching another person.
- Twice a week students have tutorials and must bring to class a completed Tutorial Request Form with higher-level questions from classes in which they need more clarification or are having difficulty.
- Every other week, AVID students and parents/guardians use Aeries to record grades and attendance records on an Interim Report Card (IRC). Students turn in their signed IRCs to their AVID Elective teachers every other Wednesday. (Students: if your family does not have an Aeries password, you may obtain one at the counseling office, AP office, or library.)The Link for Aeries is http://https://aeries.slusd.us/parent/LoginParent.aspx?page=default.aspx
- Students receiving a grade lower than a C in any A-G course are required to receive 30+ minutes of mandatory tutoring with their respective teachers and/or during after school tutoring in the Main campus or FTK library. Students are encouraged to seek out their content area teachers to work directly with them if possible.If you have any questions about AVID at SLHS, please contact Sam McClymont (Mr. Mack) at 510-618-4600 ext. 2206 or email @ email@example.com