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Title: Welcome to AVID

Welcome to AVID Family Night!
AVID Program
Advancement via Individual Determination
L. avidus eager for knowledge
The Mission of AVID
  • The mission of AVID is to ensure that ALL
    students, and most especially the least served
    students who are in the middle
  • will succeed in rigorous curriculum
  • will complete a rigorous college preparatory
  • will enter mainstream activities of the school
  • will increase their enrollment in four-year
    colleges and
  • will become educated and responsible participants
    and leaders in a democratic society.

How AVID Helps Students
  • AVID is an academic, regularly scheduled elective
    class that helps students by
  • Teaching study, note-taking and organizational
  • Strengthening their reading and writing skills
  • Giving tutorial help with college tutors
  • Teaching them to work collaboratively

How AVID Helps Students
  • AVID guides students to be competitive for
    college and scholarships, confident in their
    abilities for success by
  • Taking them to visit colleges and universities
  • Assisting them with the application process for
    four-year colleges and universities
  • Assisting students to prepare for college
    entrance exams (ACT, SAT, EAP, etc.)
  • Requiring community service and active
    involvement in extracurricular activities each
    semester of high school.

A Sample Week in the AVID Elective
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
AVID Curriculum Tutorial Binder Check Signed IRC Due (every 2 weeks) AVID Curriculum AVID Curriculum Team-Building Motivational Activities Tutorial
  • AVID Curriculum includes
  • Reading and Writing Curriculum
  • College and Career Preparation and Information
  • Collaborative, inquiry-based work (ex Socratic

How is this class graded?
  • 25 Binders
  • 25 Assignments IRC
  • 25 Tutorials
  • 25 Projects, Essays Portfolio

Binder Expectations
  • Students will have a divider for each class.
  • This divider will be organized so that handouts,
    notes, and other assignments can be found
  • 1st Quarter 5 pages of Cornell Notes/week
    2nd-4th Quarter 10 pages of Cornell Notes/week

Cornell Notes
  • Cornell notes are a system of note-taking that
    force students to look at their notes at least
    TWO more times.
  • The purpose is to help students retain the
    knowledge they receive in class and to study more

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  • Tutorials are like study groups students ask
    each other questions in order to help each other
    understand concepts.

  • TRFs are Tutorial Request Forms
  • These are due at the beginning of each class on
    Tutorial days.
  • They are available online as well as provided in
    class a couple days before Tutorials (to allow
    students plenty of completion time).
  • Students must work their problem to their point
    of confusion (POC).
  • Students create a question based on POC.

Preparing for College Grades and GPA
  • Colleges look closely at the grades that students
    earn in college-prep courses.
  • The grades are converted into points (A4, B3,
    C2, D1, F0). There is a handy GPA calculator
    handout on the website to help calculate your
    Academic GPA.
  • The minimum GPA required for admission to a
    4-year college or university varies widely, but
    students should strive for at least a B average
    or 3.0 GPA.
  • A higher GPA in rigorous courses (AP and honors
    courses) will increase students' chances of
    admission to more selective colleges and

  • An IRC is an Interim Report Card.
  • Students have already had 2 IRC checks. Must be
    completed with Parents/Significant Adult and
  • Students with a D or F in a class MUST get
    mandatory tutoring within two weeks of the IRC.
    (They will be getting their forms tomorrow.)
  • If students dont get tutoring, they lose points
    in AVID.

  • AVID students are required to create and maintain
    a Portfolio.
  • This is created and worked on in the Elective
  • Portfolios will stay with students and be
    developed through the end of senior year.

Preparing for College
  • Colleges and universities look for well-rounded
    students that participate in extracurricular
    activities such as sports, student government,
    music, drama, visual arts, community/volunteer
    service, and/or part-time jobs.
  • Not the amount of activities you do, but the
  • Leadership positions stand out in the admissions
  • Engage in academic activities as well
  • Concurrent enrollment at local Community Colleges
  • Summer academic based programs

Volunteer/Community Service
  • AVID students are required to participate in at
    least 15-hours of Community Service per
  • Students must complete and return their
    Volunteer Log for credit.

Extracurricular Activities
  • AVID students are required to participate in at
    least one club/sport/other extracurricular
    program per semester.
  • Students must complete and return their
    Extracurricular Log for credit.

Preparing for College A G Courses
The University of California (UC) and California
State University (CSU) require entering freshmen
to complete certain courses in high school. Here
is the list of "a-g", with the number of years
required in each subject. UC recommends
additional years in some areas as indicated. a.
History/Social Science (2 years) b. English (4
years) c. Mathematics (3 years, UC recommends
4) d. Laboratory Science (2 years, UC recommends
3) e. Language Other than English (2 years, UC
recommends 3) f. Visual/Performing Arts (1
year) g. College Preparatory Elective (1 year)
Preparing for College College Entrance Tests
  • Most 4-year colleges and universities require
  • SAT-I or the ACT (American College Test)
  • Some colleges also require or recommend the SAT
    subject tests
  • Students should take practice tests to become
  • with test formats
  • In AVID classes, students take the ACT-Explore
    (9th grade) and the ACT-Plan (10th grade)
  • Students should register to take the PSAT at the
    beginning of their 10th or 11th grade years

Preparing for College MINIMUM Eligibility
  • California State University
  • 2.0 GPA
  • A-G Completion
  • SAT Reasoning or ACT Test
  • University of California
  • 3.0 GPA
  • A-G Completion
  • SAT Reasoning Test or ACT Test w/Writing
  • Personal Statement
  • Extracurricular Activities

Note, schools become more competitive each year,
and most will not accept students without a much
higher GPA and strong test scores.
Preparing for College Private/Independent
Colleges Universities
  • 70 across CA
  • Liberal institutions, religious colleges, womens
    colleges, specialty colleges
  • Incorporate more then just GPAs and College
    Entrance Exams
  • Some require the common application
  • Most require Personal Statements/Essays
  • Letters of Recommendation may be required
  • California Independent Colleges Universities

Preparing for College Out-of-State Colleges
  • Oftentimes, Out-of-State Colleges and
    Universities will be LESS EXPENSIVE for
    California students to attend. This is because
  • Out-of-State Tuition for some states is
    actually less expensive than some rising
    In-State Tuition costs in California.
  • California is an ethnically DIVERSE state. Many
    other states are not, and therefore offer
    grants/scholarships (sometimes even full-ride
    to really excellent students) to create a more
    diverse campus and college experience.
  • Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) allows
    California students to receive a reduced tuition
    up to 150- in other WUE states (ex. Colorado,
    Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, etc.)

Cool Stuff Going on in Our Classroom
  • Students in both classes are planning events for
    College Career Week October 9th-16th.
  • Tutorials are starting up in two weeks!
  • Students have started a Biology study group that
    meets in 356 on Wednesdays.

SLHS College Career Night 2014 College Fair
Information Night for 9th 12th Grade Parents
Monday, October 13th 530 8oopm San Leandro
High School Main Campus Gym
  • Presentations
  • The Road to College
  • The Scholarship Hunt
  • Understanding the Community College, CSU UC
  • Online Application Assistance
  • And much more!

Thank you for attending AVID Parent Night!
9th Grade AVID Elective Teacher Ms. Teryn
Kravitz (x. 2356) tkravtiz_at_slusd.us
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