I also attended a summit on the AVID curriculum. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. We offer two electives for 8th graders. Here's a brief summary:AVID PRE-COLLEGE ELECTIVE
Comstock is one of the few middle schools in Santa Rosa with an AVID program for 8th grade students
AVID is an 8th grade elective program that helps prepare students for college prep courses in high school and shows them the way to university. Students in AVID are working on refining their skills as students to learn, study and produce a higher level of thinking in all that they do. Eventually, AVID students will see their grades go up as they apply AVID principles to all their academic work.
AVID students will:
-learn to ask higher level questions about their academic topics in Tutorial
-hear outside speakers describing their lives and experiences in and after college
-visit university campuses at least four times in the school year
-create projects and writings that explore concepts of themselves and the world
-build a community in the classroom that supports higher expectations for students
-set GPA goals and use a Progress Report to measure achievement
-be visited twice weekly by volunteer Tutors in advanced fields such as Engineering
-keep a Time Log to learn to effective time management
-write reflections about activities
AVID students are realizing their potential and learning how to express themselves so they will grow confident as students and become outstanding, contributive students. It is a joyful process and we are honored to be able to offer this course at Comstock Middle School.