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  • AVID Syllabus

    (Advancement Via Individual Determination)


    Terry Dudley

    Email: terry.dudley@brownwoodisd.org

    Conference Period: 7th Period Room 409


    Course Content: Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an elective program that helps students to achieve the necessary requirements and skills to be eligible for university acceptance. The program has two major components: tutorials and AVID curriculum.


    Tutorials will occur twice a week. Tutorials are small study groups that are facilitated by college students who will assist students with their studies. Each AVID student is to come prepared for the tutorial with questions from their core or college classes. Field trips may be scheduled to visit local colleges and universities, providing students with the opportunity to visit the institutions firsthand.  


                AVID students are expected to be motivated and determined to achieve university acceptance at the end of their high school career. It will be necessary for AVID students to manage their time so that school and studies become a top priority. This means that they will need to be responsible for making wise and sometimes difficult choices.


    Instructional Model


                Writing as a Tool of Learning

                Inquiry Method

                Collaborative Learning Groups


                Reading as a Tool of Learning



    GOALS: The goal is that all AVID students enter a 4-year university after graduation from Brownwood High School. In order for students to achieve this goal they must:

    1. Complete all graduation requirements.
    2. Participate in collaborative tutorial sessions twice per week, using Socratic seminars and the inquiry method to analyze, synthesize and evaluate course concepts.
    3. Complete writing prompts that are designed to prepare students for college writing.
    4. Prepare and take the SAT and ACT tests.
    5. Demonstrate academic survival skills including Cornell note-taking, public speaking, test taking and goal setting strategies and time management.
    6. Demonstrate proficiency of research and computer skills.
    7. Investigate universities of interest and possible career opportunities.
    8. Practice and complete college applications and financial aid forms.


    SUPPLIES: The following materials are required in class every day. A lack of materials wastes valuable class time and interferes with success.


    3 in, 3 ring binder

    Colored divider sheets

    Several different colors of highlighters

    Several different colors of pens

    2 Black ink pens



                Binder Check (30%)           

    • Binders will be checked and graded in the AVID class each Friday. Binders will be graded for organization, Cornell notes, materials & supplies, and daily planner.. Additional binder checks will randomly occur throughout the year so binders must be organized at all times.


    Research, Writing, Projects, and Assignments (30%)

    • Students will be graded on their writing assignments. Essays will be written in MLA format.
    • Group and individual projects will be assigned occasionally


    Tutorial (40%)

    • Students will be graded on each tutorial session. Students earn points for their questions, Cornell notes, summary, and participation in the tutorial. Since tutorials are a collaborative effort, students must be present and participate to receive credit.
    • Students earn points based on asking higher order questions in tutorial sessions, engaging in discussions, actively listening and responding with thought provoking conversation, and group problem solving.
    • Tutors will assist students on their path towards arriving at answers, but they will not provide the answers for students.




    PROCEDURE FOR MAKE-UP WORK: Regular attendance is important. It is impossible to make up group work and class discussions. Assignments may be made up, but it is impossible to gain the emotion and insight that may have been achieved during class discussion. MAKE-UP WORK: IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY to check with the teacher on make-up work. Follow the attendance policies in the Student Code of Conduct.



    1. Follow directions the first time given.
    2. Do not talk when I am talking.
    3. Raise your hand to be recognized – do not shout out questions or answers.
    4. No cut-downs or foul language.




    1. Optimum learning/highest possible grade.
    2. Verbal praise/home contact.
    3. Outstanding citizenship mark.


    CITIZENSHIP: School is a place to learn. In order for learning to take place, responsible behavior is necessary. Any behavior that prevents or disrupts successful learning from occurring cannot and will not be tolerated. Each student is encouraged to learn to respect him or her and the right of others. Students are expected to comply with all Media Visual and Performing Arts School Rules.


    Best wishes for a great year!