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Alta Loma Junior High
AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is an elementary through
postsecondary college readiness system that is designed to increase school wide
learning and performance. The AVID system accelerates student learning, uses
research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and
motivational professional development, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform
"While many folks talk about what should be done to prepare students for college,
AVID is doing it and has been for over 30 years."
Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served students in the
academic middle. The formula is simple - raise expectations of students and, with
the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge. What differentiates
AVID from other educational reform programs is its astounding success rate. Since
1990, more than 85,500 AVID students have graduated from high school and
planned to attend college. Of the 22,210 AVID 2010 seniors who reported their
plans, 91.3% intended to attend a postsecondary institution; 58.3% in four-year
institutions and 33.0% in two-year institutions.
Who participates in AVID?
First, there is the AVID Student:
AVID targets students in the academic middle - B, C, and even some D students -
who have the desire to go to college 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, and
many are from low-income or minority families. AVID pulls these students out of their
unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration instead of
remediation. ALJH currently has 29 students enrolled.
Supporting the students are the AVID/ALJH Faculty:
One key to a successful AVID program are the site coordinators/teachers. Mrs.
Scheidemantle and Mr. Yeutter are respected site instructional leaders who work
well with secondary school personnel and college students and faculty, who can
organize curriculum as well as activities, and are committed to serving the needs of
target students. The coordinators also work with colleagues to implement AVID
methodologies school wide. Six ALJH teachers went through the AVID Summer
Institute during the summer of 2015.
Supporting the students and the faculty are the AVID tutors:
Tutors are essential to the success of the AVID elective class, where they facilitate
student access to rigorous curriculum. As students from colleges and universities,
tutors receive formal training and also serve as role models. AVID students who
continue their education in college often return to the program as tutors. ALJH will
have one college tutor for the 2015-2016 school year funded through the SAG
Supporting the students outside the classroom is the AVID Parent:
AVID parents encourage their students to achieve academically and maintain
regular contact with the AVID coordinator. ALJH will begin Parent trainings this year.
What do students do in AVID?
In the AVID Elective:
Not only are students enrolled in their school's toughest classes, such as
Accelerated classes, but also in the AVID elective. For one period a day, they learn
organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing
questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in
enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. Their
self-images improve, and they become academically successful leaders and role
models for other students.
What is the AVID Curriculum?
The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and
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. AVID trained teachers will
use some of the AVID strategies in the content classes.