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                                  3000 NW 119th St. • Vancouver, WA 98685 • 360.313.3700 Main Office • 360.313.3701 Fax • 360.313.1458 Attendance Line
January 23, 2018

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AVID at TJMS


 

What is AVID?

AVID is a College readiness program which uses proven methodologies and best practices to improve learning outcomes for all students. The goal of AVID  is to establish a college-going culture that increases the number of students who enroll and succeed in higher education and their lives beyond.

 

The AVID Elective is the core of AVID Secondary. The AVID elective students are placed on the college track, requiring them to enroll in our most academically rigorous classes, such as Honors. To support them in these classes, AVID students are taught organizational skills, develop critical thinking, learn to ask probing questions, receive academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities to make their college dreams reality.

 

The AVID Student at Thomas Jefferson may not fit the typical  AVID demographic found at other schools.  Like other schools we target students who have the desire to go to college and who are capable of completing  rigorous curriculum but need support. Our AVID students are both A students and students who are in the academic middle, receiving B’s and C’s. Another difference between our AVID students and those in some other school is that we encourage all students whether their parents have gone to college or not to join the AVID program.

 

The AVID classes are engaging places to be. Students participate in “Socratic Seminars” where they employ their listening, critical thinking and discussion skills as they grapple with relevant topics.  Students learn and practice study skills, organizational skills and how to take great notes. In tutorials students work together in small groups, under the direction of a college tutor to help one another problem solve questions or “point of confusion”. Field trips to local colleges, guest speakers from various occupations and team building are just a few of the experiences and opportunities afforded our AVID students at TJ.

 

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