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AVID is…
  • A college preparatory program for students who will benefit from a support structure
  • For students willing to commit themselves to a rigorous curriculum
  • For students with good work habits
  • For students with appropriate classroom behavior
  • For students who display the individual determination necessary to be successful
  • For students who have the desire and determination to do their best in school and become leaders!
Characteristics of AVID Students
  • Have been identified as having academic and personal potential by teachers, counselors, parents, and themselves
  • Have a desire to attend college
  • Have a willingness to prepare for the demanding course requirements of four-year colleges and universities
  • Actively participates and completes all assignments

  • W-Writing—Using Writing for Communication and Deeper Learning
  • I-Inquiry—Going Deeper than is what is Seen to Make Connections
  • C-Collaboration—Learning and Working with Peers for Deep Understanding
  • O-Organization-Managing Materials, Goal Setting, Time Management maximizes Learning 
  • R-Reading—Reading for Relevance and Understanding in all Classes
AVID’s toolbox is called WICOR—Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading. Using strategies in each of these areas, AVID helps prepare students who desire success, pushing them, equal to all, less than none! Organization and Time management are used to help each student realize their full potential.

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Cornell notes

W – Writing 
  • C-notes 
  • Quickwrites 
  • Learning Logs ays 
I – Inquiry 
  • Socratic Seminars
  • Philosophical Chrs.
  • Tutorial Questions 
C– Collaboration 
  • Team building 
  • Group Work 
O– Organization
  • Binders
  • Time Management
R – Reading 
  • Understanding academic materials 
  • Vocabulary
If you have any questions, please see any of the following
  • Sandy Sakihara, registrar
  • Dawn Homont, AVID elective teacher
  • Kris Ginoza, AVID elective teacher

Waianae Intermediate School AVID Recruitment Process
The recruitment process at Waianae Intermediate School (WIS) begins at the end of the 2nd quarter with our feeder elementary schools.  6th grade teachers are asked to recommend student for the AVID program.  These students will, in turn, be interviewed along with their parents.  WIS has had parent nights to facilitate the recruitment process.  

Here are the suggested requirements:

What does the typical AVID student look like?
  • Moderately self-motivated
  • Excellent school attendance
  • Can read close to grade level—at least 5.0 or better
  • Can do whole number operations well with some fraction and decimal skills
  • Is willing to do homework (perhaps 2 hours per night)
  • Good parent support is a must.
  • Would like to go to college
  • Should not be considered a Gifted and Talented student.  (AVID believes that true GT students will be able to get into college and do well on their own.)
  • Able to commit to a rigorous curriculum
AVID Parent Nights
During the second semester, we try to hold two to three AVID Parent Nights to introduce parents and guardians to AVID.  At that time both parent and student will be asked to fill out a questionnaire and be interviewed by one of our teachers.  Based on an evaluation system, AVID students for the following school year will be chosen.  Letters of Acceptance will be sent home by early July.