The AVID Program at Viera Charter School

Children learn about organization, study skills, communication, and self-advocacy.  AVID students take structured notes and ask/answer high-level questions that go beyond routine answers.  Note-taking, studying, and organizing assignments are all skills that are taught and practiced and AVID teaches students how to master these and other academic behaviors that will help them succeed in school and life.  Students receive the additional academic, social, and emotional support that will help them succeed in their school’s most rigorous courses.  Students work together to problem solve and are taught to articulate what they don’t understand and learn how to seek out the resources they need. By teaching critical thinking, inquiry, and self-advocacy, AVID educators empower students to OWN their learning.

AVID classrooms promote motion, communication, and teambuilding through activities such as Socratic Seminars, Collaborative Study Groups, peer tutoring, and Philosophical Chairs.  These activities honor the way students learn best and build a growth mindset in these AVID students.  The program places special emphasis on growing writing, critical thinking, teamwork, organization and reading skills.  The college-going and career-building mindset is discussed often, and students are exposed to what colleges offer, how to prepare to get there, and how the skills learned in AVID pave the way for success in the students’ future.

    Students utilize the focused note-taking process to create powerful study tools. They are not
    just copying down words. Students learn to recognize the most important parts of a lesson,
    create questions to guide their studying, and revisit and refine their notes to solidify learning.
    Students work together to master new content through inquiry-based tutoring. Students learn how
    to ask questions that go beyond memorization and encourage higher-level thinking. Peers ask each
    other questions that prompt deeper learning, and students know how to articulate their points of confusion.
    Students demonstrate a strong sense of mutual respect and support, engaging in rigorous discourse
    and building on each other’s thoughts