Why AVID For Your Child?

  • Our schools are full of students who possess a desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard, and we feel strongly that we can provide the necessary supports so that all students have the opportunity to be college-ready. For many students who will be the first in their families to attend college, and are from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education, AVID provides the supports they need to help ensure a path to college and career success.

    The AVID Elective course at both East Irondequoit Middle School and Eastridge High School is one period a day where students receive the additional academic, social, and emotional support that will help them succeed in their school’s most rigorous courses.  Students get the supports needed to develop a growth mindset, have high levels of success and a more positive academic and school experience.   


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  • 1. Is AVID a good choice for my child?

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    Traditionally, AVID students in East Irondequoit could be described as "student in the academic middle" when joining AVID.  The best students for the AVID elective class are usually the B or C students who have shown potential to be successful in the most rigorous but may need some additional support

    Students as young as 6th grade come to see a path toward their college dreams.  Many students in our AVID electives are the first in their families to attend college while for others AVID provides a family like atmosphere where students feel pushed and supported by peers and staff alike.

    Students generally begin the AVID class during sixth or ninth grade however waitlists are kept and recruitment is ongoing.  All studnets go through an extensive application process and voluntarily agree to participate in the elective and courses of rigor.

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  • 2. What will my child learn?

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    The AVID Elective curriculum focuses on building skills and developing behaviors that lead to success.

    The goal for students is to develop a variety of interests and learn important study and time management skills. They will then practice those skills in the challenging courses, such as advanced, Regents, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced Placement classes, that they are typically required to take.

    The AVID elective will provide students the skills and the relationships to best support and elevate their high school experience.  Each teacher decides on the assignments and activities they use to teach the skills.

    Students may learn how to approach a challenging problem through tutoring, practice their research and writing skills while preparing for discussions about current events or be explicitly taught how to take notes, for example.

    They also can explore different careers and learn about the college application process – all of which helps get across the message that learning isn't limited to one subject or classroom.

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  • 3. How do students do once they leave high school?

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     All East Irondequoit AVID elective students are accepted to college, with over 95% being accepted into four year collehges and universities.  As Eastridge High School AVID graduates they can confidently pursue whatever path they choose knowing that they have the skills and tools necessary for college, career or the military. 


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