Welcome to the CPHS AVID website!
What is AVID?
- AVID is an acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.
- AVID is a nationwide program that places students in advanced classes with rigorous curriculum.
- AVID is focused on closing the achievement gap and designed to help students succeed and prepare for college.
- AVID is for all students who have a strong desire to improve their skills and plan for the rigors of college, but it targets those in the academic middle.
- AVID is driven by the WICR method which stands for Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration and Reading.
- For more information visit www.avid.org.
How does AVID work at CPHS?
- AVID curriculum is embedded into English curriculum (Honors English or IB English) three days a week.
- Students participate in tutorial sessions the other two days where they practice teamwork and develop critical thinking skills.
- The student takes AVID/English the entire school year instead of just one or two trimesters.
- The curriculum is also designed to encourage organization, time management, good study habits and college-style notetaking.
- By developing these skills, AVID students have a smoother transition into college and perform at a higher level.
- Students come to class twice a week with their Tutorial Request Forms (TRF) filled out.
- The TRF should contain two higher-level questions from any of their current classes.
- Students are separated into four groups, most often by subject, and begin the tutorial.
- Each student presents one of their questions and receives academic help from their peers.
- Students who are not presenting take notes and ask guiding questions in order to help.
- Tutors facilitate the tutorials and keep students on track.
- At the end, students write reflections which summarize what was presented, what they learned and who they helped.
- The AVID student is graded on their questions, overall participation and how well their TRF is filled out.
- Organization and good, college-style note taking are important elements to the AVID program.
- At the end of every week students submit a select number of notes to be graded.
- The notes may be from any of their current classes, and they must be in Cornell Note format (see below).
- The notes are graded on neatness, how complete they are and whether they have a summary.
- Students also hand in their planners to be checked for use and organization.
- At random times throughout the year, the entire AVID binder is checked for neatness and organization.
- AVID students learn to take notes using the Cornell Note format.
- These are a proven, college-style way of taking notes.
- Cornell notes are divided into two columns - one larger column for taking notes and one smaller column for writing questions or key words.
- Notes from lectures or homework are written in the note-taking column, usually consisting of the main ideas and topics.
- To assist with future reviews, relevant questions or key words should be written in the smaller column beside the notes that were written.
- At the bottom of the notes, the student should write a brief summary. This helps to increase the understanding of the topic.
- When studying for a test or quiz, students can review the material by covering up (or folding over) the note-taking column and answer the questions/key words in the other column.
- Students are encouraged to reflect on the material and review their notes regularly.
AVID and College
- One of the main goals of AVID is to prepare students for the rigors of college.
- AVID has a strong connection in the postsecondary community.
- Many colleges and universities recognize and support the AVID program, both financially and through an extended AVID postsecondary program.
- Currently, 14 colleges nationwide participate in a full postsecondary AVID program.
- Augsburg College in Minneapolis is one of our local colleges that recognizes and rewards AVID students with support and scholarships.
- For a list of other colleges and more information about AVID postsecondary, visit www.avid.org/sta_avidpostsecondary.html
- For a great resource about college scholarships, financial aid, college entrance exams and more, visit www.avid.org/res_collegeplanning.html
Top Ten Reasons to Join AVID
125 CPHS AVID students were polled. Here are their top ten reasons for joining AVID:
- Prepares you for college
- Helps you become a better student
- AVID becomes your school family
- College field trips
- Great teachers
- Amazing discussions and guest speakers
- College scholarships
- The class is fun
What Current Students are Saying About AVID
- AVID prepares you for the real world. So you are bound to be successful!
- We are a pretty close, tight-knit class. Like a big, crazy family.
- AVID has helped me stay organized and get good grades.
- I joined AVID because I have a goal to do well in school and go to college.
- AVID helped me see how much I can push myself in school.
- If you are in AVID, you can accomplish your college dreams!
- The teachers care about each student individually.
- AVID has really helped boost my confidence, both academically and personally.
- AVID is like a family.
- AVID will make you a better student and help you prepare for the challenges you face.
- Tutorials and binder checks help you take responsibility for your education.
- AVID is a place where I can feel comfortable.
- I look forward to going to AVID every day.
- AVID really helps you stay focused in your classes.
- AVID is your home base. Every person in the class cares about your well-being.