Avid's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
AVID Class of 2019
- AVID Profile
- What do students do in the Avid elective?
- AVID Application
- AVID & IB
- AVID Photos
- AVID Staff
Who is an AVID Student?
AVID students are students in the academic middle, capable of completing a college preparatory path with support. These students often are not realizing their full potential academically. In the identification process a number of criteria are considered, including:
- State test scores
- Desire and determination
- first in family to attend College
- Historically underrepresented in 4-year colleges
- Economically disadvantaged
- Other special circumstances
While all of the criteria are considered for acceptance into the program, no single criteria will necessarily eliminate a student from consideration. The AVID program should reflect the demographics of the school it is serving. Students participating in special education, gifted and talented programs, and ELL will be considered for AVID based on the criteria listed above. Currently, there are a number of students from these groups successfully participating in the AVID program.
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The AVID Elective is the core of the AVID Secondary Program. Each week students work on skills through the tutorial process, binder and agenda checks and other AVID curriculum. The curriculum is built on a 4-year model:
9th Grade: Strong focus on overall academic success, organization, note taking, study habits and goals. AVID curriculum is centered on Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading (WICOR).
10th Grade: Builds on 9th grade curriculum and begins preparing students for standardized college entrance tests like the SAT/ACT. Students continue to cultivate academic skills in preparation to take IB classes in the junior and senior years.
11th Grade: In addition to deep academic support, students learn about the FAFSA process, research colleges, write a sample personal statement and resume and engage in career research.
12th Grade: Culmination of support in the college application process, the FAFSA, scholarships and continued academic achievement.
Students in the AVID program visit 1-2 colleges a year, take field trips, have quarterly academic celebrations and hear from guest speakers who help students connect to critical thinking and career pathways.
- Freshmen recruitment events and interviews
- AVID recruitment information night
- Students turn in application
- Teachers submit recommendation forms
- Students participate in interview with AVID staff
Current Southridge students:
- Pick up an AVID application from your counselor
- Return completed application to your counselor by the forecasting deadline
- Teachers submit recommendation forms
- Students participate in an interview with AVID staff
If you are motivated to do well and are serious about your academic future- Please complete an application and return it to your counselor.
AVID and Academic Rigor
AVID and the International Baccalaureate program
During the junior and senior years, Southridge AVID students will participate in the International Baccalaureate Program (IB). All AVID students enroll in 1 or more IB classes during their junior or senior years, when those courses become available to them. During the 9th and 10th grade, students engage deeply with the skills necessary to prepare them for successful participation in the IB program. AVID teachers and students focus on WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading) to achieve this end.
Both AVID and IB mission statements focus on preparing students for success in college and a global society. The IB Program at Southridge effectively articulates what that "success in a global society" will look like.
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organization to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.