Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a program at CHS that promotes college readiness and success. Students apply and are interviewed as part of the AVID admission process. Being admitted to an AVID Elective course involves a one-year commitment by the student.
How Do Students Benefit from AVID?
Support for students comes in the form of staff who walk with students amid daily challenges, both big and small, that are part of academic life; accountability for strategy use and assignment completion; and opportunities, like field trips, that support college readiness.
During each week in the typical AVID Elective class, students have their binder checked, prepare for and participate in tutorials, build relationships, and learn WICOR strategies. In addition to these foundational components, there is a distinct AVID Elective curriculum for each grade level.
What is WICOR?
WICOR is an acronym that helps organize the five areas in which AVID categorizes its core strategies. “W” is for writing to learn, best exemplified by the Cornell Note Taking System. “I” is for inquiry, represented by Costa’s Levels of Questioning. “C” stands for collaboration, because working together is invaluable in the pursuit of academic success. “O” is for organization, a category anchored by the famous AVID Binder. “R” is for the reading strategies that support learning, including active reading.
What are the requirements for entry and maintaining good standing in AVID?
Students apply and are interviewed as part of the AVID admission process. Those admitted must fit the AVID student profile described in the CHS Course Catalog and maintain GPA requirements. Being admitted to an AVID Elective course involves a one-year commitment by the student in order to ensure sufficient opportunity to implement WICOR strategies and have time to benefit from support.