“We help our students find their voices by believing in them, helping them become academically competent, by encouraging them, and by treating them not as members of a group, but as individuals with unique skills, talents, and passions. Once our students find their voices, there’s nothing they can’t achieve!” - Mary Swanson, Founder of AVID
Looking for a fun elective class that will prepare you for college? Wanting to build up your study skills for academic success? Searching for a class to boost your confidence and provide you the support of a second family? Do you have determination to succeed? Then the AVID Elective Class at CalPac is for you! CalPac is one of two schools in California to offer AVID Online. The AVID Elective class is currently available for 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th grade students.
What is AVID?
AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness program designed to build up organizational skills, study skills and critical thinking to make students college and career ready. The goal of AVID is to promote a college going culture that focuses on reaching all groups of students using proven instructional techniques and support to increase student performance and confidence in their academic abilities.
Students are selected on a variety of attributes, complete an application, and go through a formal interview with the AVID team. Once in the AVID program, students will continue to be a part of AVID throughout their middle and high school years, and have the opportunity to continue AVID in college. AVID students receive daily instruction on how to perform better in all classes by building up key study, communication, and organizational skills, encouraging students to analyze and question what they are learning, providing academic support through mentor tutors, and increasing overall confidence in their academic abilities, including attending college. AVID students also work closely with their AVID counselor, who will help them plan out a graduation plan to make sure they are on the college track and provide help with the college application process.
The AVID Elective Class
The AVID Elective class is taught online to students during the regular school day using AVID curriculum. Students attend a live session for AVID Monday-Friday using Blackboard and are expected to complete daily assignments and activities, participate in group tutoring sessions, and maintain a “virtual” binder portfolio of all their work. On Fridays, students will attend in person or virtual field trips, have presentations from guest speakers, and participate in other fun activities that focus on the college aspect of AVID.
The AVID Elective Class challenges students to think deeper about what they are learning to improve their understanding in any given subject, while also building up reading, and writing skills necessary for any course or career. The AVID Elective is a fantastic support system for students to grow and develop all of their academic skills so that they can succeed in their classes and prepare for college, while also becoming part of a close knit AVID family of students and teachers.
Learn more about how being a part of the AVID program puts you on the path to success.
Steps to Becoming Part of the AVID Elective Class
Participation in the AVID Elective is completely voluntary. Interested students can submit an application to join AVID by clicking the correct link below.
AVID School Wide
CalPac is focused on preparing students to be college and career ready by the time they graduate, which goes with the goals of the AVID program. This is why AVID skills are not just limited to AVID students. To better support AVID students and increase the performance of all students, AVID strategies, including Cornell Note taking, are embedded into regular core classes and are used by all CalPac teachers to improve the complexity of all student learning and achievement. AVID is a team effort and the ideas taught in the AVID elective course blend perfectly with the push to increase depth of knowledge and critical thinking of all students to make them college and career ready.
Mrs. Rineberg – Middle School AVID Elective Teacher & AVID Coordinator
Mrs. Martinez - High School AVID Elective Teacher & AVID Counselor
Mrs. Newhall – AVID District Director