Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
AVID is a college readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll and persist in four year colleges and universities. The Red Bank Middle School AVID Program incorporates four components: AVID Schoolwide, AVID Special Area, AVID Secondary/Elective, and AVID+. Each component addresses the specific needs of our students in order to accelerate student learning and personal success.
AVID Schoolwide: A goal of AVID (beyond academic achievement) is to create a schoolwide college-going culture that supports high expectations and high levels of achievement for all students. The schoolwide AVID Essentials include a focus on WICOR methodology, which stands for Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, & Reading. Throughout each classroom WICOR instructional strategies engage students and scaffold instruction to make challenging content accessible. Additional AVID Schoolwide Essentials include the implementation of initiatives which are designed to support and motivate all students. Some examples are: a unified organizational plan for each grade level, college themed door decorating, and “Where are you headed? Wednesday”.
AVID Secondary/Elective: AVID Elective is a special course taken during the school day. Seventh and eighth grade students are selected for the AVID Elective class after an application process. For one class period a day, they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college and career options attainable. As students progress in AVID, their self-images improve, and they become academically successful students, leaders, and role models for other students.
AVID Special Area: All students in grades 4, 5, and 6 are scheduled to cycle through the AVID Special Area (ASA) class. ASA is based on the same learning foundation that underlies the AVID Elective and AVID Schoolwide philosophy. Through WICOR the program enhances Common Core expectations, 21st Century Life and Career standards, and metacognitive skills that develop consistency in thinking, processing, and delivering information. AVID Special Area brings the real world to the classroom and helps to prepare all students for personal success.