Advancement Via Individual Determination
AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
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AVID Frequently Asked Questions
How do current freshmen or sophomores become a part of the AVID program? Freshman and sophomores interested in learning more about the program should contact Jennifer Wolf - DGS AVID Site Coordinator.
AVID is an academic elective class taken during the school day. AVID is based on writing as a tool of learning, the inquiry method, and collaborative grouping. The three main componets are
- Academic Instruction
- Tutorial Support
- Motivational activities
Students who have the “Individual Determination” to attend college, be a leader and strive to, or already:
- Attend school on a regular basis
- Possess a 2.0-3.5 GPA
- Enroll in an honors class or aspire to
- Work hard to set and meet academic goals
- Earn primarily a range of A's, B's and C grades
- Have been recommended by teachers
- May have special circumstances including being from a population that is traditionally under served in 4 – year colleges
- May be the first in their family to attend college
Yes, AVID is a credit bearing course that is counted in a students’ GPA
AVID is a program that is recognized by colleges and universities across the country
AVID students use one 3” binder for all their subjects rather than an individual binder for each subject. This binder allows students to have all their necessary materials for all their classes.
Binder organization is taught and stressed throughout the AVID program.
Trained tutors come into the classroom and help guide student-centered groups answer their own questions about assignments, schoolwork, and much more. Tutorials help students learn how to develop and answer higher level thinking questions.
The Cornell method provides a way for students to condense and organize notes. Key terms/questions/concepts are written in one column while information from class is written in the other column. When reviewing the material, the student can cover the note-taking (right) column while attempting to answer the questions/keywords in the key word or cue (left) column. The student is encouraged to reflect on the material and review the notes regularly.
DGS AVID Site Team
- Jennifer Wolf - AVID Coordinator - 630-795-8826
- Gina Ziccardi - District 99 coordinator
- Vince Walsh-Rock - Assistant Principal
- Ed Schwartz - DGS Principal
- Monica Schroeder - AVID 9 Teacher
- Alison Helms - AVID 10 Teacher
- Courtney Linnemeyer - AVID 11 Teacher
- Kathleen Skinner - AVID 12 Teacher
- Steve Zownorega - Science Teacher/AVID Tutor/Site Team
- Anita Carpenter - College Counselor/Site Team
- Patrick Dufur - World Language Teacher/Tutor/Site Team
- Pat Fardy - Site Team
- Gretchen Fitzharris - Math Teacher/AVID Tutor/Site Team
- Kim Pazdan - Social Studies Teacher/Site Team
- Lavon Robinson - Career Counselor/Site Team
- Kate Rogers - Librarian/Site Team
- Glenn Williams - Fine Arts Dept. Chair/Site Team
Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading (WICOR) methods are the basis for curriculum instruction.
Students participate in field trips to colleges/universities.
College students act as role models and facilitate academic discussion in regularly scheduled tutorial groups.
Students develop academic and social skills for success in all subject areas.
Guest speakers provide motivation and college and career information.
AVID students participate in extracurricular and community events.
AVID crosstown BBQ-Friday, October 13 at DGS
AVID Parent University-Wednesday, October 25 7-8 pm DGS Library
AVID Program Celebration-Tuesday, April 24th 7-8 am DGS Cafetorium
AVID Senior Banquet-Wednesday, May 2 6-8pm DGS Cafetorium