The seventh-grade AVID Elective course builds upon the components of the AVID philosophy. Students will refine goals, work on intrapersonal and interpersonal skills, as well as formal and informal speech. Students will complete evaluations related to reading, writing, organization, and speaking, and begin considering audience, purpose, and form in their writing. Students will understand the roles of all members in assignments and collaborative lessons and will expand their knowledge bases of note-taking, in relation to studying and test preparation. Students will be exposed to different field trips, guest speakers, and research, to increase their knowledge of college and career options.
The eighth-grade AVID Elective course is the year of preparation for high school. Students will refine previous goals, focusing on their transition to high school as part of a college preparatory path. Their writing will focus on completing all steps of the writing process and varying style, word choice, vocabulary, structure, and voice. Other areas of focus include increasing the use of technology, building upon their test preparation and test-taking knowledge, analyzing text, and utilizing appropriate reading strategies in various settings. Students will become more involved in the presentations of guest speakers and field trips.