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500 Bilmark Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28213
Courier #: 448
P: 980-343-0698  |  F: 980-343-0700 
Principal: Jennifer Dean
LC: Beacon Learning Community
Bell Schedule: 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM
Grades: 6-8
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AVID

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 advanced classes.
  • AVID levels the playing field for minority, rural, low-income and other students without a college-going tradition in their families.
  • AVID is for all students, but it targets those in the academic middle.
  • AVID is implemented schoolwide and districtwide.
  •  How is the AVID Elective going to help my child?

    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: 

  1. Neatness of their binders (no papers in the side pocket or falling out of the binder),
  2.  Cornell Notes (does the student have Cornell notes from the week- are all notes in proper Cornell note format),
  3. Summaries- Does every set of Cornell notes have a well written summary.
  4. Heading- Does every paper in the binder have a heading (proper name, date, block in case their binder breaks.

Cornell Notes

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.
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