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AVID is an approved year-long elective paired with an academic course. For one class period a day, students will learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking, get academic help from peers and tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. Students will participate in college field trips, and will be provided with counseling services geared toward postsecondary education. Students enrolled in AVID are required to enroll in at least one of their school's toughest classes, such as honors or Advanced Placement, in addition to the AVID elective. As students progress in AVID, their self-images improve, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.

The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading. AVID curriculum is used in AVID elective classes and in content-area classes (English language arts, math, science, and social studies) in AVID schools.

AVID targets students in the academic middle - Low B to C students - who have the desire to attend a four year college or university and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college. AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation. 

1. Know what AVID means
2. Your represent AVID everywhere you go
3. Study EVERY night - even if you do not have homework
4. Have a buddy system and a study group
5. No excuses for bad behavior, bad grades or bad attendance
6. ALWAYS take Cornell Notes
7. Always do your TRF's with high level questions
8. Keep your binder organized
9. Ask for help when you need it, not when it is too late
10. Set your goals high and follow your dreams