AVID 9 Syllabus

Mrs. Dina Fleming

Room 864


AVID’s Mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

Course Description and Goals                                             

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an academic elective course that prepares students for college readiness and success, and it is scheduled during the regular school day as a year-long course. Each week, students receive instruction utilizing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum provided by AVID Center, tutor-facilitated study groups, motivational activities and academic success skills. In AVID, students participate in activities that incorporate strategies focused on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading to support their academic growth.

Many of the methods employed and curriculum used in this class will assist students in meeting their academic goals.  Some of the topics to be covered include:

  • Study Skills

  • Note taking

  • Writing

  • Time & Goal Management

  • Collaboration

  • Typing

  • Presentations

  • Portfolio Projects

  • Career Discovery

  • Strategies for Success

  • Peer Support

  • Self-assessment

  • Fundraising

  • Seminars & Discussions

  • College Exploration

  • Organization Skills

  • Test-taking skills

  • Inquiry

  • Higher Order Thinking

The AVID elective class can be challenging and rigorous.  It requires both a commitment from the student and parental support to get the most of this exceptional class.  With these factors in place, the AVID class can be stimulating, engaging, and rewarding.

Format and Procedures   Students will be expected to:

  • Be Prompt and prepared everyday

  • Respect all adults, peers and their selves

  • Follow all class directions and procedures

  • Complete all assignments in a timely manner

  • Participate in all activities

  • Follow Student Code of Conduct on and off campus (including dress code!)

Discipline procedures:

  • 1st -offense- teacher warning

  • 2nd -offense teacher warning behavioral essay

  • 3rd- disciplinary referral & conference with student, parent, and AVID Director

  • 4th offense- disciplinary referral, conference, and possible AVID probation

  • Any further offense will result in office referral and site team recommendation of possible dismissal from the AVID program

**severe offenses will result in an immediate office referral**

Class Supplies:

A neat, organized binder with appropriate contents is an important part of the AVID class.  Binder checks are done once a week and are part of their overall grade.  Along with class notes and tutorial worksheets, the contents must include:

  • 2”-3” 3-ring binder

  • Pen/Pencil case (with 3 ring binder holes)

  • 2 or more pens (blue or black)

  • Sufficient amount of extra lined paper

  • Planner

  • Subject dividers or folders for each class

  • 2 or more pencils

  • 2 different color highlighters

  • at least one red, green, or purple pen

Grading Policy

Grades will be posed in the student/parent portal weekly.  Students are expected to be in class every day, participate, and complete all assignments.  If a student is absent, they are expected to use multiple resources to catch up on missed work (Remind101, peer phone call/text, Google Classroom, etc).

Major Grades (Summative)


Minor Grades (Formative)


  • Binder Checks

  • Philosophical Chairs

  • Socratic Seminars

  • Final Process Writing Pieces

  • Projects

  • Presentations

  • Portfolios

  • Tutorials

  • Cornell Notes

  • Quizzes

  • Warm-ups and Quick Writes

  • Journals

  • Components of Writing Process

  • Learning Logs

  • Group Activities/Team Building

  • Computer Activities

  • Self and Peer Checks

  • Rough Drafts of Writing Process

  • Late Work:

    Students will be afforded the opportunity to submit late work for “select” Major Grades within one week of the original due date.  The teacher may extend the deadline for legitimate student absences or extenuating circumstances.  Late work submissions must be a good-faith effort of the assignment; trivial attempts of the assignment will not be accepted or graded.  The teacher will determine the worthiness of the late assignment submitted.  Late work submitted will receive a penalty of 20 point off of grade.  Extra credit assignments will never be accepted late.

    AVID students must be dedicated to improvement in their classes.  Progress will be monitored by both the students and by the AVID teacher.  It is expected that the student maintain at least an overall GPA of a 2.0.  Students who fail to maintain a GPA (which reflects a strong work ethic and overall progress) will be placed on academic probation (excluding them from class privileges) and/or may be removed from the AVID program.

    Attendance and Academic Integrity:

    Remember—being in AVID is a privilege, not a right.  We hold all AVID students to a very high standard and expect you to act as model students.  Be in class, with your appropriate materials, ready to work when the bell rings.

    • Arrive in class on time and prepared, both in attitude and material items, for the class assignment of the day.

    • Participate actively in class and follow the rules of the instructor.

    • Ask for clarification and seek assistance from the instructor when he/she is available.

    • Follow the rules of assignments and refrain from using any unpermitted aid (i.e. Spark Notes, Internet, plagiarism, etc.)

    • Be honest, moral, and respectful in your conduct with all teachers and other school personnel.

    As an AVID teacher, it is my priority to assist each one of my AVID students to succeed.  I am committed to assisting students with issues regarding any aspect of school life.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.  I have found that email is the best way to keep in touch regularly.