• What is AVID Secondary?

    AVID Secondary (grades 6-12) is an essential component of the AVID College Readiness System and is designed to enable schoolwide implementation of AVID’s proven instructional methodologies and content area best practices to improve outcomes for all students. AVID Secondary goes beyond the AVID Elective course to affect an entire campus or district by creating a college-going culture that increases the number of students who enroll and succeed in higher education and their lives beyond.

    The AVID Elective

    The AVID Elective is the core of AVID Secondary. It targets students in the academic middle–B, C, and even D students–with the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential.

    AVID places these students on the college track, requiring them to enroll in the most rigorous courses that are appropriate for them, such as Honors and Advanced Placement®. To support them in the rigorous coursework, AVID students learn organizational and study skills, develop critical thinking, learn to ask probing questions, receive academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities to make their college dreams reality.

    AVID Secondary starts with an elective class for one period a day, where students 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.


    The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is based on best teaching practices in writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading, and it is supported by state and national content standards. AVID curriculum is used in the AVID Elective and content-area classes in AVID schools to guide teachers and students, while planning strategies for success, by focusing on time management and study skills.

    How AVID Secondary Works


    AVID’s proven learning support structure, known as WICOR , incorporates teaching/learning methodologies in the critical areas of Writing to Learn, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading to Learn. WICOR provides a learning model that educators can use to guide students in comprehending concepts and articulating ideas at increasingly complex levels (scaffolding) within developmental, general education, and discipline-based curricula. Furthermore, the WICOR model reflects and promotes the expertise and attitudes that will serve students well in their academic lives and careers. The AVID Elementary L-WICOR design introduces understanding and learning to learn for the appropriate developmental levels, building the foundation for later more in-depth uses of WICOR .


    Advancement Via Individual Determination @ SLMS

    Class Objective

    What are the goals of AVID?

    AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a national program designed to support and assist selected students with a college preparatory curriculum that emphasizes analytical writing, note taking, organization, and research.

    The mission of AVID is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

    Class Requirements

    What is expected of the AVID students this year?


    ·         Maintain an organized binder for all classes.

    ·         Take Cornell Notes in all classes.

    ·         Enroll in rigorous courses (including Algebra).

    ·         Participate in extra-curricular activities.

    ·         Maintain a minimum of 2.5 GPA.

    ·         Take the PSAT Test (8th grade only)


    Course Content

    What happens in an AVID class each week?


    ·         2 Days each week are AVID Curriculum Days (WICOR)

    ·         2 Days are Tutorial Days (study groups)

    ·         Fridays are Motivational Days (guest speakers, college visits, team activities)



    How will students be graded in AVID?

    ·         AVID Skills

    ·         Binder Checks

    ·         Field Trip Activities-**Please note that field trips are a part of the AVID curriculum. All AVID students are expected to attend the college field trips.

    ·         Guest Speaker Activities

    ·         Motivational Activities

    ·         Socratic Seminars

    ·         Philosophical Chairs

    ·         Submitting Required Paperwork on Time.

    ·         Grade Recording(GPA Goal Setting)

    ·         AVID Curriculum=30%

    ·         WICOR: writing, reading, inquiry, organization, and collaborative assignments

    ·         Presentations and Projects

    ·         Portfolio Reflections

    ·         Progress book reports

    ·         Tutorials


    Homework Policy

    When is homework due?

    Students will be required to turn in assignments at the beginning of class on the due date.(TRF’s every day) No exceptions!

    Students must complete Tutorial Request Forms twice a week.