What is AVID?
AVID is an acronym for Advancement Via Individual Determination. This is an elective class designed to prepare students to be eligible for admission to a four-year college/university or other equivalency by challenging and supporting students in their writing, speaking, reading, and test-taking strategies while promoting self-awareness of goals. North Creek High School staff are excited about growing the AVID program and incorporating AVID techniques into all corners of the buildings and into classroom norms. As part of AVID, students may apply to be part of the AVID Elective.
Our 11th and 12th grade AVID classes visited Western Washington University in Spring 2022. Students took a campus tour, saw an admissions presentation, and ate lunch in Viking Union. AVID classes go on at least one field trip per year.
The AVID program is for students who have a strong desire to attend post-secondary schooling. 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, typically those who have a GPA between 2.0 and 3.5. Students in the program take the AVID class at the same time they are enrolled in rigorous/challenging courses such as Advanced Placement (AP), College in the High School (CHS), honors, and/or other college preparatory courses. The AVID elective class focuses on writing, critical thinking, collaboration, reading, note-taking, study skills, and college/career/motivational activities. Students are expected to keep an organizational binder system and take notes in every class every day of each week. Tutors are in the AVID class weekly to support tutorials facilitated by the instructor.
In the AVID elective class, students will learn skills that will prepare them to be successful in rigorous courses that challenge them, in both high school and post-secondary schooling. Writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading methods are used to accelerate students’ skills. In addition, students will also explore potential careers, attend field trips, and work closely with your student’s counselor on their High School & Beyond Plan, a high school requirement in the state of Washington.