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Blue Heron student working in class

AVID Mission  

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID ) - mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

AVID Overview

AVID Elementary is designed to be embedded into the daily instruction of all elementary classrooms across entire grade levels to maintain schoolwide structures.

AVID Elementary's implementation resources, professional development, and philosophy are all grounded in the idea that the growth mindset can be taught to students, and it is through the growth mindset that AVID students succeed in following their dreams and fulfilling their aspirations.

Components of AVID Elementary

  • Student Success Skills – encompassing communication skills (e.g. listening, speaking, writing), self-advocacy skills, and study skills.

  • Organizational Skills – both mental and physical; students are given organizational tools, as well as time management, goal-setting, and note-taking strategies.

  • WICOR Lessons and L-WICOR Lessons – emphasize instruction on writing to learn, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading to learn in all content areas.

  • Partnerships – among students, classrooms, grade levels, schools, feeder patterns, families and communities.

What is AVID for Elementary?

AVID Elementary consists of teaching and reinforcing academic behaviors and higher-level thinking at a young age. Elementary students develop the academic habits they will need to be successful in middle school, high school, and college, in an age-appropriate and challenging way. In AVID Elementary Children learn about organization, study skills, communication, and self-advocacy.

Blue Heron’s Focus for the year is organization.

We will be implementing the use of take-home folders for K-2, and Student Planners for 3-5th grade. The students will learn to self-monitor, record daily homework assignments, and keep track of important dates and school activities. This will also give parents and guardians an opportunity to support their child’s learning.