AVID is a fourth- through twelfth-grade program to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. Ninety-five percent of AVID students attend college. AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. The Student Success Path shows students in grades 6-8 how to work successfully with their teachers, take effective notes, organize their binders, and work collaboratively, preparing them for high school and postsecondary success. Some Successful Student Strategies are:
WICOR: Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading
Cornell Note Taking using the STAR strategy to Set up the format, Take text or lecture notes. After class: revise notes, Review and study notes.
Another Success Strategy: Successful students come to class prepared with their neatly organized binder.
Sit up, Listen, Ask relevant questions, Nod your head, and Talk to your teacher
Set SMARTer goals:
Specific and/or strategic – does the goal help you accomplish your plan and is it clear what you are going to do to achieve your goal?
Measurable – how do you know that you have completed the goal?
Attainable – is it possible to actually complete the goal?
Realistic— is it practical to complete this goal?
Time bound – do you know when the goal will be done?
AVID tutorials are another huge integral part of AVID at Blackstock. Twice a week we have college students, who are AVID trained tutors, come and work with our students in their AVID elective classes. This is a great opportunity for students to learn, collaborate, and use inquiry based questions to further their understanding of the content areas in a small group setting with a tutor available to assist the students in their learning.
On Fridays we have a little fun in the AVID Elective class that is why they are called "Fun Fridays"! We have guest speakers from the community come and speak to our AVID students about their careers, their educational paths, and also topics such as smart goals, test taking strategies etc. It is a great opportunity to introduce our AVID students to the world at large. The students take Cornell Notes and write a summary on what they have learned from the guest speaker!