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AVID Elective

Course Description: 9th Grade AVID Elective Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an academic elective course that prepares students for college readiness and success, and it is scheduled during the regular school day as a year‐long course. Each week, students receive instruction utilizing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum provided by AVID Center, tutor‐facilitated study groups, motivational activities and academic success skills. In AVID, students participate in activities that incorporate strategies focused on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading to support their academic growth.  

Class Major Concepts/Content:  Students will work on academic and personal goals and communication, adjusting to the high school setting. Students will increase awareness of their personal contributions to their learning, as well as their involvement in their school and community. There is an emphasis on analytical writing, focusing on personal goals and thesis writing. Students will work in collaborative settings, learning how to participate in collegial discussions and use sources to support their ideas and opinions. Students will prepare for and participate in college entrance and placement exams, while refining study skills and test‐taking, note‐taking, and research techniques. They will take an active role in field trip and guest speaker preparations and presentations. Their college research will include financial topics and building their knowledge on colleges and careers of interest.  

 The AVID elective class for freshmen is the beginning of a four-year commitment by students.  Students will learn reading strategies that will help them in their high school courses.  Texts will vary from philosophical pieces to contemporary articles from AVID Weekly.  Additionally, students will learn how to write to learn and will work on developing their writing skills.  During tutorials students will be expected to take ownership of their learning.  All students will be expected to maintain an AVID binder, take Cornell notes in all subjects, complete Learning Logs, participate in Socratic Seminars, be active in team-building activities, participate in Philosophical Chairs, complete homework in all subjects on time and with effort.  Students are expected to maintain a strong GPA, be leaders, and demonstrate good character. Student Expectations (as listed on the AVID contract): Adhere to school rules and have good attendance.  Maintain the AVID binder.  Write Cornell notes daily.   Complete all homework assignments for all classes, committing to about two hours daily.  Prepare tutorial questions before class and participate within the group.  Maintain enrollment in college preparatory classes with grades of As, Bs, or Cs.  Make a documented effort to improve any grade that falls below a C. Maintain a positive attitude and respect for teachers, administrators, peers, and parents. Participate in charitable events and other volunteer activities, including fundraisers and family nights.  Attend college field trips.  Be a leader.  Set an example as an AVID student.

Virtual Classroom Rules


  1. All virtual classroom rules and procedures will mirror in-person classroom rules and procedures when possible.
  2. No cell phone use
  3. No ear buds in ears
  4. No wearing hoodies
  5. Be respectful to others/No profanity
  6. Follow PAISD dress code for virtual classroom

Virtual Classroom Procedures


  1. Logon to Zoom 5 minutes prior to class start time
  2. Once class starts and you are not logged on, you are tardy
  3. During class discussion raise your hand using the raise your hand icon
  4. When posting to discussion boards be respectful of other people's ideas
  5. Listen attentively during instruction using SLANT
  6. Turn work into Schoology.


  1. Reminder to stay on task
  2. Conference w/student
  3. Virtual removal from class
  4. Conference w/parent
  5. Referral to counselor 
  6. Referral to Assistant Principal

Major infractions/disruption will result in virtual removal from class and conference w/parents. counselors and administrators.


Classroom Rules


  1. Treat everyone with respect/No profanity
  2. Wear mask appropriately/Social Distance
  3. No Electronic Devices $15
  4. Keep your hands to yourself
  5. Follow all class, campus, & district policies



Conference w/student

Reassign seat

Parent conference

Refer to CIS

Refer to counselor

Refer to AP

Procedures are for minor offenses/Maj refer to AP


Classroom Procedures


  1. Enter classroom quietly, in dress code w/ student ID
  2. Wear mask appropriately & social distance
  3. When door is closed you are late! Get a tardy pass.
  4. Work on warm up quietly
  5. Listen attentively during instruction: SLANT/no sleeping in class
  6. Raise your hand to ask a question
  7. Transitions from one activity to the next are quiet
  8. Approach teacher’s desk only with permission
  9. Only leave your seat with teacher’s permission
  10. All work including makeup work is in Schoology
  11. Follow all verbal, and non-verbal directives for listening, transition, and discussion.
  12. Tests/Quizzes are silent. Talking will result in test taken and a zero recorded when finished read about a geography related subject.
  13. Teacher dismisses the class, not the bell!
  14. End of class everyone cleans up, no trash on floor or desks