As part of AVID, students may apply to be part of the AVID Leadership Elective. AVID is an acronym for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The leadership elective class is designed to prepare students for admission to a four-year college or university after graduation from high school. AVID is a very popular and successful program that is highly recommended by students, parents, and educators throughout the country.
The AVID program is for students who have a GPA of 2.0-3.5 and a strong desire to go to a four-year college or university. Determination is a key component of the AVID program. Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served students in the academic middle. Students in the program take the AVID class at the same time they are enrolled in rigorous/ honors courses. The AVID class focuses on writing, critical thinking, collaboration, reading, note-taking, study skills, and college/career/motivational activities. Students are expected to keep an organized binder and take notes in every class every day of the week. Tutors are in the AVID class twice per week.
In the AVID leadership elective class, students will learn skills that will prepare them to be successful in advanced courses in both high school and college. Writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading methods are used to accelerate students’ skills. Twice a week, college tutors come into the AVID classroom to help answer questions that students have about difficult content. In the AVID leadership elective classroom students will also explore potential careers and even visit colleges and universities!
To be part of the AVID leadership elective, you must complete the attached application form and short answer questions. A parent signature is required for a student to be considered for participation. After reviewing applications, students will be selected for interviews by the AVID teacher, and other staff members. If you think AVID sounds like a good program for you, complete the application attached and ask one teacher to complete a recommendation.
2017 AVID Application Timeline (for the 2017-18 School Year)
January 19: Parent information meeting at 6 PM in the Nicollet Jr. High School Cafeteria
March 1: Completed applications are due to the Nicollet Jr. High School Guidance Office.
Early June: Notification about students who were accepted will be received by this date.