AVID 3 Curriculum Framework
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an academic elective course that prepares students for college readiness and success, and it is scheduled during the regular school day as a year-long course. Each week, students receive instruction utilising a rigorous college preparatory curriculum provided bt AVID Center, tutor-facilitated study groups, motivational activities and academic survival skills. The course emphasizes rhetorical reading, analytical writing, collaborative discussion strategies, tutorial inquiry study groups, preparation for college entrance and placement exams, college study skills and test-taking strategies, note-taking and research through the WICOR model (writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading).
The eleventh-grade AVID Elective course is the first part in a junior/senior seminar course that focuses on writing and critical thinking expected of first- and second-year college students. In addition, to the academic focus of the AVID seminar, there are college-bound activities, methodologies and tasks that should be undertaken during the junior year to support students as they apply to four-year universities and confirm their postsecondary plans.
Quest Course Learning Objectives:
While continuing to refine the AVID strategies with a focus on WICOR, 11th grade Quest students will specifically:
- Use organization and time management tools such as backward planning to manage the more rigorous course load of college classes;
- Use and master the tutorial process to identify points of confusion in core classes and work through steps to solve those problems;
- Practice critical thinking and problem solving in preparation for the SAT and/or ACT;
- Write for academic success, including college essays, reflections, and quick writes;
- Collaborate with peers to promote inquiry and higher levels of thinking;
- Research and narrow down potential college options based on prospective career choices and individual desires;
- Reflect on the first three years of high school to set goals and develop a senior year action plan that will ultimately result in the acceptance into a college of their choice.