AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination
AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college or career readiness. Our AVID program places special emphasis on WICOR: writing, inquiry/critical thinking, teamwork/collaboration, organization and reading skills.
What is WICOR?
AVID WICOR strategies are used in all secondary classrooms at Henninger High School School. Below is a description of WICOR and the picture outlines examples of each strategy that would be used in the classroom.
W=Writing: Using writing for communication and deeper learning
I=Inquiry: Going deeper than is what is understood to make connections
C=Collaboration: Learning and working with peers for deeper understanding
O=Organization: Strategies that assist with time management/organization of work
R=Reading: Reading for relevance and understanding in all classes
Our schools are full of students who possess a desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard, and we feel strongly that we can provide the necessary supports so that all students have the opportunity to be college-ready. For many students who will be the first in their families to attend college, and are from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education, AVID provides the supports they need to help ensure a path to college and career success.
The AVID Elective course at Henninger High lSchool is one period a day where students receive the additional academic, social, and emotional support that will help them succeed in their school’s most rigorous courses. Students get the supports needed to develop a growth mindset, have high levels of success and a more positive academic and school experience.
Traditionally, AVID students could be described as "student in the academic middle" when joining AVID. The best students for the AVID elective class are usually the B or C students who have shown potential to be successful in the most rigorous but may need some additional support
Students as young as 6th grade come to see a path toward their college dreams. Many students in our AVID electives are the first in their families to attend college while for others AVID provides a family like atmosphere where students feel pushed and supported by peers and staff alike.
Students generally begin the AVID class during sixth grade, however waitlists are kept and recruitment is ongoing. All students go through an extensive application process and voluntarily agree to participate in the elective and courses of rigor.
The AVID Elective curriculum focuses on building skills and developing behaviors that lead to success.
The goal for students is to develop a variety of interests and learn important study and time management skills. They will then practice those skills in the challenging courses.
The AVID elective will provide students the skills and the relationships to best support and elevate their high school experience. Each teacher decides on the assignments and activities they use to teach the skills.
Students may learn how to approach a challenging problem through tutoring, practice their research and writing skills while preparing for discussions about current events or be explicitly taught how to take notes, for example.
They also can explore different careers and learn about the college application process – all of which helps get across the message that learning isn't limited to one subject or classroom.
AVID elective students are accepted to college, with over 95% being accepted into four year colleges and universities. As Henninger High School AVID graduates they can confidently pursue whatever path they choose knowing that they have the skills and tools necessary for college, career or the military.
Any questions please feel free to contact the AVID Coordinator for Henninger High School
Mr. Scott Fiello