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AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students 

for college readiness and success in a global society.

AVID Student APPLICATION 15-16.docx

AVID Student Participation Agreement 2015-16.docx


AVID at a Glance

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is designed to help students prepare for and succeed in high school and college. Students in the program commit themselves to improvement and preparation for college. AVID offers a rigorous program of instruction in academic "survival skills" and college level entry skills. The AVID program teaches students how to study, read for content, take notes, organize and manage time. Students participate in collaborative study groups, or tutorials, led by tutors who use skillful questioning to bring students to a higher level of understanding. upon acceptance into AVID, students must enroll in at least one PreAP course. AVID is a state elective class which meets during the regular school day.

What AVID is . . .
  • AVID is an acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.
  • AVID is an in-school academic support program that prepares students for college eligibility and success.
  • AVID places academically average students in advanced classes.
  • AVID levels the playing field for minority, rural, low-income, and other students without a college-going tradition in their families.
  • AVID is for ALL students, but targets those in the academic middle.
  • AVID is implemented school-wide and district-wide.


WWhat AVID is NOT . . .
  • AVID is NOT a remedial program.
  • AVID is NOT a free ride.
  • AVID is NOT a niche program.
  • AVID is NOT a college outreach program.


AVID Expectations

AVID Expectations                                                                                


Student Grades:
AVID students are expected to maintain a grade of 75 or higher in all of their classes, especially in their core classes. Students are required and expected to attend teacher tutorials as often as possible to keep their grades above 75.

AVID Tutorials:
AVID students are required to come to the AVID class on Tuesdays and Thursdays prepared with their Tutorial Request Form completed.

AVID Binder:
Students are expected to carry a 2 inch (or larger) binder organized according to AVID guidelines. Students should carry the binder everyday and in every class. This is non-negotiable.

Cornell Notes (C-Notes):
Mainly used during a class lecture, a class power point, a class reading, or a movie containing information for which the student must be responsible. To receive full credit, students must have the notes completed in the correct format. A rubric is provided.

Planner/Planner Sheets:
Students must write any homework, tests, quizzes, projects (etc.) on their daily planner. The notes in the planner must be specific and detailed. If there is nothing for that class for that day,  draw an"X" (or something). Do not leave the square blank.


AVID students have homework every day. The homework consists of completing Cornell Notes daily in AVID and in their core classes. In addition, on Mondays and Wednesdays, students must complete the tutorial request form (TRF) showing their critical thinking.

AVID Binder

Organization is one of the keys of


The AVID binder is an organizational tool to help students maintain notes and school homework in one place. 

Students are expected to bring to school and keep a two inch binder (or larger) and have it organized in the manner taught by AVID.

At first, student binder evaluations are for organizational content only. In other other word does the student have all the required materials in their binder?

As more of the elements of the AVID program are implemented, students will be evaluated on organization AND whether they have all of their materials for every class in their binder. The binder is evaluated weekly and taken as an assessment grade. 

Students should spend no more than 30 minutes each day organizing and completing their notes.

Cornell Notes

Cornell Notes are a proven focused note-taking method. 
When used appropriately, students are guaranteed to increase their knowledge and raise their grades in any given class! 

Cornell Notes are taken during class lectures, class power points, class readings, or movies in which students are responsible for the information. 

In order to receive full credit for the weekly Cornell Notes grade, students must have all the required parts of the notes:

- Full heading

- Specific topic

- Notes in the right side highlighted with key words or phrases

- Main ideas and high level questions in the left column

- A summary at the end of the notes

Students may take Cornell Notes in a spiral notebook or on notebook paper as required by the content area teachers, however, students are expected to use the Cornell Note format and repetition strategies and review notes regularly. 

Cornell Note Resources:

Cornell Notes Lined Template.doc

Cornell Note Paper Lined.pdf

Cornell Note dot_math paper.pdf

Cornell Note paper blank.pdf

Cornell Note Paper Graph.pdf

Cornell Notes Format.pdf

Phone: 956-464-1360
Address: 520 N. Valley View Rd., Donna, TX. 78537
Email: [email protected]

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AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap 

by preparing all students 

for college readiness and success in a global society.

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