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AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determination.

The AVID elective course at Thomas Edison High School is designed to help students become college and career ready. The ultimate goal of AVID is to ensure that students develop the necessary skills and work habits to enable them to complete high quality work at the high school and college level. The AVID elective class provides students with academic support and organizational skills to improve student success in all subjects. These methodologies include: Writing as a tool for learning, the Inquiry method of instruction, Collaborative learning, Organization strategies, and Reading to learn strategies (WICOR). The AVID tutorial occurs twice a week and is run by the teacher and AVID trained college tutors. In the tutorial, specific concepts are addressed in small groups where students can receive the individualized assistance they need in subject areas of their own choosing, based on their other rigorous content courses. In a typical AVID week, two days are dedicated to the WICOR curriculum, two days are for tutorial, and one day is for motivation and team-building activities, guest speakers, and college field trips.

The AVID curriculum provides an opportunity for students to learn reading and writing skills that are essential for success. Students will build intellectual perseverance through activities that challenge them to develop a strong work ethic. Students will also be introduced to a variety of learning strategies that build on their metacognitive abilities and their intellectual curiosity. These strategies will encourage students to reflect on their own and other students' thinking. It is essential for students to develop academic literacy skills as it prepares them to become life long learners and helps them excel in their post-secondary aspirations.

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