Welcome to AVID!
Hello and Welcome All,
I am Mrs.
Evans-Gist, the AVID Coordinator here at MLK. If your child is in
the AVID program they have been hand selected based on their academics,
behavior and test scores. This program is offered in Charlotte
Mecklenburg Schools from grades six through 12. Students will remain in
the program voluntarily until they graduate. This class is not remedial
but rather boosts students who show potential to go to college up where they
belong and help them reach their academic goals.
What AVID is...
- AVID is an acronym that stands for
Advancement Via Individual Determination.
- AVID is an in-school academic support program
for grades 4-12 that prepares students for college eligibility and success.
- AVID places academically average students in
- AVID levels the playing field for minority,
rural, low-income and other students without a college-going tradition in their
- AVID is for all students, but it targets
those in the academic middle.
- AVID is implemented schoolwide and
- How is the AVID Elective going to help
Not only are
students enrolled in our school's toughest classes, such as honors and
Advanced Placement, but also in the AVID elective. For one period a day,
they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and
asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and tutors from Fifth
Third Bank, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make
college seem attainable. Their self-images improve, and they become
academically successful leaders and role models.
AVID Expectations for 2017-2018 School Year
Binder Checks - Your
child will have a weekly binder check that will take place every Monday or
Tuesday depending on which day they have AVID. This grade will count as a
test grade. Each quarter will have 8 Binder Check Test grades.
Students are graded on the following:
of their binders (no papers in the side pocket or falling out of the binder),
Notes (does the student have Cornell notes from the week- are all notes in
proper Cornell note format),
Does every set of Cornell notes have a well written summary.
Does every paper in the binder have a heading (proper name, date, block in case
their binder breaks.
Students are expected
to take weekly notes in all of their classes. These may look slightly
different depending on the subject. Teachers may use graphic organizers
or basic note format. For reference on what Cornell Notes look like please
refer to the student section. I have uploaded several examples.
Students will be graded on the level of questions used in their notes (no
elementary school level questions), and the mastery of information demonstrated
in their summary. Cornell Notes will be graded weekly in conjunction with
the binder checks and are considered a classwork grade.