Grade avid!! What is avid?

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Welcome to 10th grade AVID!!

What is AVID?

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is an internationally recognized program designed to prepare students for success in four-year Universities. AVID students enroll in rigorous courses to meet four-year college entrance requirements and in an AVID elective class. The Tahquitz High School AVID program values academic excellence, service, positive citizenship and leadership.

Objectives of the AVID Course

Students will:

  1. Take course that meet four-year college entrance requirements.

  2. Participate in tutorials for academic courses.

  3. Learn and apply AVID skills, including note-taking, organization, time management, and goal setting.

  4. Improve their oral communication skills through a variety of activities, including presentations and Socratic Seminars.

  5. Participate in writing to learn activities, including note-taking and essay writing.

  6. Evaluate their own and other’s writing, using rubrics and scoring guides modeled after UC and CSU requirements.

  7. Prepare for college entrance examinations, including the SAT, SAT Subject, and ACT.

  8. Complete and present a Multi-Grade Level Portfolio of their work in AVID.

Objectives of Sophomore AVID

Students will focus on the following:

Sophomore Curriculum 
•Self Exploration
•CAHSEE Preparation
•ACT & SAT Preparation
•College Planning
•Career Planning
•Technology Skills
•Current Event Analysis
•Fishbowl and Group Discussions
•Discussion Essentials
•Reflection Skills
•Basic Budgeting

AVID Mission

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


AVID students are required to keep a binder, as it has a direct impact on student success. The requirements are:

  • 3-Ring Binder- 2” or larger with pockets.

  • Minimum of 5 subject dividers.

  • Tahquitz high School Planner/Agenda

  • Zipper pouch for the following supplies:

    • 2 or more black or clue pens

    • 2 or more pencils

    • 1 or more erasers

    • 2 or more highlighters (different colors)

    • Whiteboard marker (dry erase)

    • Filler paper (lots)


The AVID class is designed to support the students and ensure their success in academic classes. The grade for the AVID Elective class is as follows:

  • 40% Tutorials: University students and upper class peer tutors will be coming into our class twice a week to tutor AVID students. Students are responsible for completing a Tutorial Request Form at home, prior to the tutorial sessions. In addition, they must have the resources (books, notes, etc…) to help answer their questions.

  • 30% Papers/Projects/Assignments: AVID students will be expected to participate in all daily assignments and reflect about different prompts in their journals/notes. Students will also complete a variety of projects and assignments including writing, college research projects, and public speaking. Students will be given time in class for most assignments.

  • 10% Binder Checks: The AVID student binder will be checked every week for materials, organization and Cornell Notes in all subject areas.

  • 10% Participation: AVID students will be expected to participate in all activities within the AVID class without being disruptive. Students have to be present each day to receive all of their participation points.

  • 10% Grade Checks: AVID students will be required to turn in a grde check every other Friday. Grade checks must be signed by a parent and signed, with reflections questions completed for credit.

AVID Service Learning

Service Learning is an integral part of being in AVID. It is about learning to “pay it forward.” Students are required to complete 15 hours per semester, or approximately 5 per triad. Studies show that students with service learning experience are more likely to be successful.


Students in AVID were recommended by their teachers and interviewed to be in the program. We know they will be successful, and we will do everything we can to help them. You may hear from me regarding their other classes.

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