by Major Wen
At Galileo, there are many different programs and pathways for students to choose from. One of them is AVID (Advanced Via Individual Determination), a four-year program that prepares students for college style study skills and life lessons. Students taking AVID are required to keep organization, learn skills in individual study groups called tutorial, and take Cornell Notes to help them study. Students at AVID become familiarized with this study process, so they are better prepared for college.
However, some students about AVID because there are many rumors about what AVID is and isn’t. This article is to help clear up some of these misunderstandings about AVID.
Misconception: AVID is for students with bad/good grades.
AVID students are not supposed to have really high or really low GPAs, but for those who have GPAs in the middle, and are highly motivated to go to college.
Misconception: Only Galileo has AVID.
AVID is available in many SFUSD high schools including Lincoln and Washington High School. In addition, AVID is available in 46 states and 16 countries/territories.
Misconception: AVID counts as an academic class.
AVID is a 4-year elective for those who choose to be in the program. However, AVID students at Galileo do not have to take ‘College and Career.’ Taking AVID also looks good on your high school transcript.
Misconception: AVID isn’t helpful.
AVID can be helpful if you commit to it and apply the skills that are taught. If you feel that you need an extra boost of learning, then you’re looking at the right place. AVID, students engage learning through the tutorial learning process as well as other methods.