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AVID

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and is a college readiness class designed to accelerate learning in order to reach your full potential and realize your college and career dreams. Students in AVID practice critical skills for a successful academic career, explore college and career pathways, participate in active tutorial groups, and gain life-changing experiences through guest speaker and field trip opportunities.

General Information

AVID Student Characteristics

  • AVID targets students in the academic middle (Students earning mostly B and C grades; even an occasional D).
  • Students have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard.
  • Students have regular attendance and minimal discipline problems. 
  • AVID targets students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but may be falling short of their potential. 
  • Typically, many students are from low-income or minority families.
  • Must be a voluntary decision by the student, NOT the parent.

AVID Curriculum

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 to learn.

AVID curriculum is taught in the AVID elective class, and student use those learned strategies to increase success in all their other classes.

AVID Elective Classroom

In the AVID elective classroom students are taught study skills, Focused Note Taking, time management, writing and research skills. Students also learn about colleges and universities and prepare for college admission tests. Students may take field trips to college campuses and cultural events, and guest speakers from the community may speak to the class .

FAQ

What are the Requirements?

Generally, students in AVID have a 2.5-3.5 GPA and are motivated to succeed in school. 

What are the goals in AVID?

During the AVID class, students learn bow to take Focused Notes in each of their classes. They also learn test-taking strategies as well as time management and effective study skills. Students explore college and career options while working with WICOR strategies (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, 
Reading to Learn).

All AVID students maintain some form of an AVID binder, which holds all of their materials from all of their classes. Teachers grade student's notes from other classes as well as give binder grades for organization in other classes. Field trips to local colleges occur each year. Each year sh1dents research careers and/or colleges they are interested in. 

Is AVID an easy 'A'?

No, students in the AVID program work harder than many students because they are taught an effective way to study; AVID students put in the time and energy that others sometime lack. Even though students work harder, they come to realize the work is worth it when they see the benefits of the program reflected in their grades, study habits and engagement in the school community through community service, clubs and activities. 

Is AVID for Every Student?

No, AVID is only for students who want to be in the program and will work harder to be stronger students. Sometimes parents think the program is a good idea for their student; but if the student has no desire to be a part of AVID, it will not help them. AVID is only for students who have a desire to improve and the motivation to be successful. 

Do Students have to maintain a certain GPA?

Students in the AVID program must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and receive no Ds or Fs on grade reports. There are interventions that we take when students struggle and the students are expected to be accountable for their grades and seek help from teachers as well as other ways to improve. 

How Are AVID students selected and notified of acceptance?

Students are evaluated on the basis of grades, attendance, discipline, standardized test scores, the written application and the interview. Final notifications will be provided by the end of May before high school scheduling begins. 

Can students drop the course?

Students may not drop the course in the middle of the year. Students should consider the program carefully before deciding to sign up. At the end of the year, if a student is not progressing or is unhappy with AVID, they can request to begin the process to exit AVID.

Contact Us

Todd Graba
AVID Administrator
Email: tgraba@d155.org

AVID Facts

100%

of CLS AVID graduates have applied to AND been accepted
to a four-year college or university.

$428,388

Total scholarship money and financial aid earned by AVID students at
Crystal Lake South High School since the first graduating AVID Class of 2016.

68%

of AVID students from Crystal Lake South took
at least one AP course (compared to the national average of 36% ).

$21,637

Average financial aid earned per graduating CLS AVID student
going on to attend a four year college or university.