AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determination

  • At CCMS, AVID focuses on developing students’ knowledge and skills in reading, writing, speaking & listening and critical thinking. The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading. The AVID curriculum is used in the AVID elective class, but it is sought to support students in all content areas and all classrooms as teachers employ AVID strategies school-wide.

    The AVID elective class targets students in the academic middle, who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but may be falling short of their potential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families.

    Students are consistently expected to develop self-management skills through the use of planners, organized binders, and learning logs to improve time management, responsibility, and organization.

    The goal of AVID is to prepare students for college and careers. Our students use higher level thinking skills to assess their strengths and weakness as a student. Through the use of Cornell Notes, tutorials, goal setting, and WICOR lessons AVID students are taught the skills necessary for success in rigorous high school and college classes.