What is AVID?
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an academic elective course that prepares students for college readiness and success, and it is scheduled during the regular school day as a year‐long connections course. At Ridgeview, we have 2 sections of 8th grade AVID and 2 sections of 7th grade AVID. All AVID classes are taught by Mrs. Boddiford, who is also Ridgeview’s AVID Site Coordinator.
In AVID class, students receive instruction utilizing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, tutor‐facilitated study groups, motivational activities and academic success skills. Students participate in activities that incorporate strategies focused on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading (WICOR) to support their academic growth.
AVID is a nationwide program that was adopted by Fulton County in 2014.
What and how do AVID students learn?
AVID students work on academic and personal goals and communication, adjusting to the high school setting. Students increase awareness of their personal contributions to their learning, as well as their involvement in their school and community. There is an emphasis on critical reading and analytical writing, focusing on personal goals and public speaking. Students will work in collaborative settings, learning how to participate in collegial discussions and use sources to support their ideas and opinions. Students refine their study skills and test‐taking, note‐taking, and research techniques. They take an active role in field trip and guest speaker preparations and presentations. Their college research includes financial topics and building their knowledge on colleges and careers of interest.
AVID students learn reading strategies that will help them in their current courses and future high school courses. Texts vary from philosophical pieces to contemporary articles from AVID Weekly. Additionally, students learn how to write to learn and work on developing their writing skills. During in-class tutorials, students take ownership of their learning. All students are expected to maintain an organized binder, take Cornell notes in all subjects, complete Learning Logs, participate in Socratic Seminars, be active in team-building activities, participate in Philosophical Chairs, complete homework in all subjects on time and with effort, and so forth. Students are expected to maintain a strong GPA (2.5+), be leaders, and demonstrate good character.
How can my student be in AVID?
In order to participate in AVID, students apply. The application process includes a written application and an interview. In addition to the application, certain student data pieces are taken into consideration during selection:
Students with Academic Potential:
• Average to high test scores
• 2.0 - 3.5 GPA
• College potential with support
• Desire and determination
Meets one or more of the following criteria:
• First to attend college
• Historically underserved in four-year colleges
• Low income
• Special circumstances