By Zephyr Strosnider
North Springs will be offering a new elective next year, the school year of 2014-2015, called AVID. AVID is an acronym for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The elective will be offered to ninth and tenth graders.
The purpose of AVID is to teach participating students study skills, Cornell note taking and other various academic note taking strategies, time management, organization skills, test readiness and preparation, critical thinking, writing to learn and valuable group study skills.
The elective offers a four year curriculum, tutorials twice a week, curriculum instructions, college and career instruction, PSAT, SAT, PLAN, and ACT test preparation, strategies for success, collaborative study groups, writing groups, motivational activities, guest speakers, and college tours.
The AVID class is targeted to prepare students in the academic middle range of B/C to even D for more advanced classes. Its purpose is to level the playing field for minority, rural, low-income, and other students without a college tradition in their families. However, all students are invited to participate in the class.
Though anyone can sign up to take the AVID elective, some students will be invited based on CRCT/EOCT scores, teacher and guidance counselor recommendations, academic records, disciplinary records, student interviews and/or essays, and parent/guardian support.
AVID is a class is aiming to provide aid for students believed to be capable of completing a rigorous program, but are currently falling short of their potential. The class is not a remedial program, a free ride, a niche program, or a college outreach program.
The AVID curriculum was developed by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. The elective is being brought here to North Springs High School by principal Dr. Eddie Ruiz, Julia Raposo, Cleide Ross and Lee Williams will be teaching the class. “AVID is going to be great for North Springs because it will give the average students the chance to excel and the support they need to succeed in high school, college, and beyond.” said Raposo.