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AVID Syllabus





Welcome (back) to AVID! You have taken the next step on the journey to a four-year

college! Are you ready to work? This year will be filled with a lot of fun and challenges for you,

both in school and in your personal lives, and I am looking forward to sharing this time with you!



* Our Wilcox AVID’s Vision is ”We value the AVID College Readiness System at

Wilcox High School because we believe that AVID strategies are effective in ensuring

that students have support for and access to challenging curriculum in order to  prepare them for college and for careers”.


Wilcox School Learner Outcomes


The AVID Program supports the Wilcox mission statement and Student Learner Outcomes, which are:

BE academically excellent by ...

  • Reading, comprehending, and producing a variety of materials in a variety of fields of study.

  • Being self-directed and determined in your educational endeavors.

  • Maximizing the development of your intellectual capacities.

Be a CHARGER citizen who ...

  • Actively participates in the community and acts as a caretaker of the environment.

  • Respects diversity.

  • Demonstrates integrity, responsibility, and perseverance.

Be a STRONG critical thinker and communicator who ...

  • Demonstrates critical thought.

  • Clearly conveys information and ideas in written and visual form.

  • Speaks with clarity and listens to understand.



AVID 1 focuses on the fundamentals of high school success that include time management, organization skills, communication with teachers, and involvement in school activities. Students learn the tutorial process and Costa’s levels of questions to become more engaged in their understanding of course content. High school requirements and basic college entrance requirements are taught so that students begin to develop a four-year plan.  Along with (a) field trip(s) to local colleges and universities, students learn about requirements for entrance to various four-year colleges and universities so they may begin to think about what they would like to have in their own college life upon graduation from high school. Students research a college so they begin to learn what information they will think about when they begin to research where they want to apply for college. Progress in academic courses is consistently monitored so that students have every opportunity to succeed.




AVID 2 continues to focus on the fundamentals of high school success and goes in-depth on time management, organizational skills, and involvement in school activities. Students continue with the tutorial process and become more engaged in their understanding of course content. The sophomore year is more challenging and students need to focus on time management and studying. We begin preparing students to take the PSAT because all 10th graders take this test to benchmark their college readiness. This test is administered in October. Sophomores will be offered field trips to nearby colleges so that they can see the different environments and begin to make choices about where they may see themselves on a college campus life. Students will begin to explore and research possible areas of study and career interests. Projects will also include some financial literacy around the cost of living their own and what type of careers students will need to afford the lifestyles they want. We will be using Naviance to explore careers and looking at possible options for majors. Progress in academic courses is consistently monitored so that students have every opportunity to succeed.




AVID 3 continues to emphasize all of the activities from AVID 1 and 2 and we know that after four years of continually honing these skills,  students will have acknowledged these skills as part of habits for success. In AVID 3, we also emphasize college searches and begin finalizing the students’ lists of where they will apply for admission their senior year. PSAT/NMSQT is taken again this year. The junior year is when National Merit Scholars are chosen from PSAT scores. ACT prep happens this year so that students are prepared to take the ACT for the first time.  Students learn more about the Financial Aid process and practice filling out college applications and writing personal statements. This year is mostly about prepping for senior year activities and understanding deadlines. Students will be strongly encouraged to seek scholarship opportunities throughout the year. Progress in academic courses is monitored, as this year is integral in preparing for college entrance.




AVID 4 is the capstone course of the AVID program. After four years, the seniors are ready to apply for college and financial aid, request letters of recommendation, and apply for scholarships. The fall semester, the seniors are focused on finalizing their list of schools where they will apply for admission and applying for financial aid. They are requesting letters of recommendation from their teachers. They will work on applications in class, their personal statements, scholarship searches, and obtaining FAFSA IDS. The second semester, we spend the time looking at financial aid packages, checking college portals to ensure that all the steps are completed in the ongoing college application process, and comparing the financial and packages from various colleges. We have class discussions on college survival skills, sticky scenarios that come up in college life, and getting prepared for college life in the second semester.  Tutorials now evolve into college study groups where students are not as scripted as they are in the previous years.


Classroom Expectations


An important piece of AVID is to do your best and participate, even when you don’t want to.

Perseverance is the hallmark of success and without it, students will have a difficult time in AVID. Participation in all activities and tutorials is essential. Remember, the goal is a four-year college or university. The activities and exercises assigned are to help you succeed in your academic classes and to begin your journey to college and careers.




Tutorials are almost every Tuesday and Friday (unless there is a special schedule). The expectation is that students arrive to class with Pre-work completed. This will ensure that we will; maximize our time in our groups and the benefits will be great during the tutorial period. Questions can come from class lectures, tests, or homework. Make the questions posed are real. Do not waste time to ‘just get points’.  A good way to come up with a question is to review what happened in class and think about what was presented and what you may still have questions yourself about the information. That is the best way to come up with a question. Pay attention in class, do your best and you will be prepared for tutorials.


We have tutors that are retired Wilcox teachers and as well as graduates of Wilcox High School and the AVID program. Our expectation is that AVID students work in a respectful manner with all tutors. These people have a lot of knowledge and are willing to share this to help you with your r academic success The tutors may ask you to think about your questions/ concepts in different ways. Please work to be flexible.



Grades will be based on tutorials, AVID curriculum, projects,  and the use of Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading tools and skills (WICOR) strategies. Letter grades will be based on total points earned.


The grading scale


100-94 A 89-87 B+ 79-77 C+ 69-67 D+ 59 and below F

93-90 A- 86-84 B 76-74 C 66-64 D

83-80 B- 73-70 C- 63-60 D-


The grading period will end on the following days:


First quarter             October 12th

First semester         December 21st

Third quarter           March 22nd
Second semester   June 5th

Make- Up Assignments

Late Work


If students have an excused absence from tutorials, on my schoolloop page is an explanation of how to make up a tutorial. Students also received a handout with this information. Students have a week from the missing tutorial to turn in make-up work if they are absent. If you are absent for a longer period of time that is unexcused due to family reasons, please come and speak to me beforehand so that we can make arrangements.   If you have unexcused absences from tutorial periods only, you will be put on probation.  Part of the AVID agreement is that students participate actively in AVID tutorials. You may not make up a tutorial if you choose not to participate in a tutorial session.

If you are absent from class and are missing other assignments and activities, please speak to me before or after class to receive the assignment. All make-ups must be completed and turned in one week. All make-ups need to be completed before the end of each quarter.

If you are missing an assignment for other reasons, you may complete the assignment (doing

your best work for 50% credit). All missing assignments and make-ups must be completed before the last week of the quarter. After that date, I will not accept any more work for that quarter.


I will accept work until:

1st quarter:                            October 5th

2nd quarter (1st Semester): December 14th

3rd quarter:                            March 14th

4th quarter (2nd Semester): May 29th




The school’s cheating policy will be enforced. See the Parent-Student Handbook for details.


School Rules

Other school rules will be followed.


The Governing Board of Santa Clara Unified School District is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals.  The District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation or association with a person or a group with one or more of these perceived or actual characteristics.  The Board shall promote programs which ensure that discriminatory practices are eliminated in all acts related to school activity or school attendance within a school under the jurisdiction of the superintendent of the school district.

The District requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when it is safe to do so and when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

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