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AVID

Welcome to Eagan High School AVID 


AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is an elective course where students learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and ask probing questions, get academic help from peers and tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable.  The AVID Curriculum was developed based on rigorous standards by middle and high school teachers, along with college professors.  It is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading.  8th grade students that applied for the program and had successful interviews were accepted into the AVID program that meets one class period a day for three trimesters during their freshman year.  These students will then continue in the AVID program throughout their high school career.
Avid Students

Targets/Essential Learnings

By the end of a trimester, students demonstrate that they have successfully learned to: WICOR - Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Organization, Reading

  1. Write notes using a proven college method "Cornell Notes" in each of your core classes.
  2. Inquire/Ask higher-order questions based on Costa's Levels of Questioning.
  3. Collaborate/Work in partners, as groups or a class for a common goal.
  4. Organize notes, a binder and a student planner with techniques presented in class.
  5. Read with new strategies that promote higher retention levels.

Tutorials

  1. Evaluate homework and notes from core classes to identify a point of confusion and the information.
  2. Fill out a TRF (Tutorial Request Form) completely prior to class and reflect upon learning using details from the tutorial.
  3. Present your Point of Confusion to peers in a small group setting, starting with a higher-level question, finishing with a satisfactory level of understanding from peer discussions.

Binder

  1. Maintain an organized binder for all 7 classes.
  2. Place notes, worksheets, grades and returned assignments in their proper sections for easy searching.  Also include a pencil pouch inside with at least 2 pencils with erasers, 2 pens, 2 highlighters, and sticky notes.
  3. Successfully take Cornell Notes or write a Learning Log for each class every day.
  4. Pass the "Shakey Test" so nothing will fall out of the binder.

Community Service

  1. Select a community service project that positively impacts the community, school, environment or a group of people.
  2. Complete 5 hours of community service within the trimester.  Try to do them within one organization.
  3. Submit a signed CSD (Community Service Documentation) form verifying the experience(s).
  4. Present your community service activity to the class outlining the organization and your part supporting them.

For more information, visit www.AVID.org OR watch this five-minute video explaining AVID.

AVID Staff Members

  • Site Team Coordinator: Mr. Stacy Jameson
  • 9th Grade Teacher: Essia Redig
  • 10th Grade Teacher: Kim Shoe-Corrigan
  • ​11th Grade Teacher: Suzy Heilman
  • AVID Counselors: Susan Olsen and Norah Krohse-Hermon

AVID Information