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Frequently Asked Questions

What does AVID stand for?

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and is a college readiness system for elementary through higher education students.  The class is offered at all the Junior High/Middle Schools in Fremont and a majority of the high schools. 

What exactly is the class about?
AVID is a proven approach to academic excellence. It is designed to help students be more successful in their classes and to support them in more rigorous coursework such as honors and Advanced Placement courses in high school.  In AVID we participate in specific subject matter tutorials, focus on note-taking and study skills, visit college campuses and explore career options through class speakers and field trips. 

Who should take this class?
AVID is perfect for students who wants to succeed academically, are capable, yet falling short of their potential. These are students who have the desire and determination to take challenging courses, such as AP and honors classes, and do well in them. AVID helps students plan and prepare for their academic and career futures by developing effective study skills, setting meaningful goals and gaining a clearer understanding of how what they do today impacts their choices for tomorrow. Successful AVID students need to be motivated and excited about joining, which is why it is offered as an elective. 

I am struggling in Math and English.  Can I use AVID class to study or get personal help?
AVID is not a tutoring or resource course, it is designed for the student who can handle the regular curriculum, but is not meeting his or her own potential. 

How long is the class?
AVID is a year long electives class that meets five times a week. 

Who teaches the class?
The elective teacher, with extensive support from the AVID coordinator, AVID site team, high school and college tutors 

How is AVID taught?
The AVID elective is a class that meets five hours per week within the regular school day. The class is composed of several different elements, making students more successful in all their classes. The week is divided into curriculum days, tutorial days, and motivational activity days. The two days devoted to curriculum focus on the WICR methodologies of AVID: Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, and Reading. Aside from WICR, the curricular days also develop students’ note-taking and study skills, while also teaching time management and goal setting. Mini lessons provide additional support for English, math, science, and social studies classes. Students participate in twice weekly tutorials with college students wherein tutors provide content area support in math, English, social studies and science. Motivational activity days include college and career activities, guest speakers from area colleges and local professionals, and field trips to local colleges and universities. 

What are the requirements for AVID?
Students should:

  • have satisfactory citizenship

  • have a good attendance record

  • have a G.P.A. of 2.0 - 3.5 in non-weighted classes

  • be enthusiastic and motivated

How do I enroll in AVID?
Students can contact one of the school’s counselors, or the AVID site team by email or by talking to them during the school day. During the recruitment period (typically in Spring), students may download the interest form, get it signed by a recommending teacher, and turn it into the AVID site team via the front office. Students who qualify will be given the application, which states the requirements and terms of taking the class. A scheduled interview in front of the site team is also part of the application process. Students will apply for this course during or prior to registration. Students can contact the office for more information. See also How to Apply.