Grade Level:  9th Grade


    The Mission of AVID is to ensure that ALL students:

    • Will succeed in rigorous curriculum
    • Will complete a rigorous college preparatory path
    • Will enter mainstream activities of the school
    • Will increase their enrollment in four-year colleges
    • Will become educated and responsible participants and leaders




    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.




    Class attendance is crucial for students’ success in this course and core subject areas. Since collaboration is an essential part of the AVID curriculum, one’s regular presence (both daily & timely) in class will be critical to the learning process and most importantly, to one’s grade in the course. Therefore, students are expected to be “present” both physically and mentally. Tardiness and absences will be documented and adhered to as set forth with the attendance policy outlined in the Marion County Code of Student Conduct.




    AVID students will be assessed using a variety of performance-based assessments. They will be judged not only on the AVID "basics" such as a well-organized notebook, participation in tutorials, and note taking, but also according to their performance on timed writings, practice college entrance tests, participation in Socratic Seminars, and other activities. Students are required to develop and present the End-Year Grade Level Portfolio at the end of the year, representing their work in the AVID program. Portfolio contents will include, but not be limited, to the following: AVID Writing Curriculum assignments, PSAT/SAT/ACT assessment coursework, college and career research project work, the Four-Year Plan, timed writings with rubrics, analytical essays with rubrics, notes taken in content areas, and semester reflections.



    Grades will be determined using the following categories:


    • Assessment Grades 50%
      • Tutorials/Tutorial Request Forms (TRFs)
      • Binder Checks
      • Major Papers & Projects
      • Tests/Exams



    • Class Work 50%
      • Daily Warm Up
      • In-Class Writing Assignments (i.e. Quick Writes)
      • Collaborative/Group Work
      • Class Participation




    Your AVID Binder MUST include the following:

    • One heavy-duty 3” three-ring binder OR two (2) quality three-ring, 2’ to 3’ in. binders with pocket inserts
    • Five to six colored tab subject dividers
    • Zipper pouch to store supplies
    • Two to three blue or black ink pens
    • Two or more pencils (If mechanical pencils are used, extra lead must be kept available.)
    • Lined notebook paper
    • Assignment logs, tutorial request forms, and learning logs (will be available in class)
    • A Calculator (same as used for math class but needed for tutorials)
    • A Dictionary/thesaurus (optional but preferred)




    It is required that each student and parent sign a contract committing to the AVID program (The AVID High School Agreement Form). Students are required to keep a copy of this form in the front of their binders. Students who do not maintain the terms of the contract will be placed on probation in the AVID program, and parents will be contacted to schedule a conference.








    Emily J. Cook

    Email:   Emily.Cook@marion.k12.fl.us

    Forest High School – Algebra 1, 1A/1B, AVID

    Math Department Head

    Avid Coordinator

    352-671-4700   extension 58583