Welcome to Ms. Lamar’s AVID Class!

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What is AVID?

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an elective program that helps students to achieve the necessary requirements and skills to be eligible for university acceptance. AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. The program has two major components: tutorials and AVID curriculum. Tutorials occur 2 times per week. Tutorials are small study groups that are facilitated by college students who assist students with their studies. Each AVID student is to come prepared for the tutorial with questions from their core classes. Field trips may be scheduled to visit local colleges and universities, providing students with the opportunity to visit the institutions firsthand.

AVID students are expected to be motivated and determined to achieve both personal and professional success at the end of their middle school career. It will be necessary for AVID students to manage their time so that school and studies become a top priority. This means that they will need to be responsible for making wise and sometimes difficult choices.

Some of the many topics covered in our AVID program include:
• Research Skills • Research Papers • Public Speaking (including how-to speeches, informational speeches, and persuasive speeches) • Cornell Notes • Philosophical Chairs • Socratic Seminars • Scholarship & Financial Aid Research • Goal Setting • Mission Statements • Self Discovery & Reflection • Character Development • Tips for Success • Binder Checks • Interpersonal Relationships • Organizational Skills & Projects • Time Management • Money Management • College Readiness Skills • Tutorials • College Exploration • Career Exploration • The Process of Getting a Job (including resumes, preparing for interviews, mock interviews, filling out job applications, and thank you letters) • Study Skills • Guidance Lessons • Starting Your Own Business • Community Service Projects • Financial Literacy

 I’m excited and looking forward to a challenging and fun year! Let’s Defy Gravity!