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Welcome to AVID! 


Course Description:

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an academic elective course that prepares students for college readiness and success, and it is scheduled during the regular school day as a year-long course.  Each week, students receive instruction utilizing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum provided by AVID Center, tutor-facilitated study groups, motivational activities and academic success skills.  In AVID, students participate in activities that incorporate strategies focused on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading to support their academic growth. 

AVID Secondary students learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable.  It targets students in the academic middle – B, C, and even D students – with the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard.  AVID places students on the college track, requiring them to enroll in toughest courses, such as Honors and Advanced Placement.  Support is provided to the students in their rigorous coursework.


What are some things you do in Mr. Tretter’s AVID class?


·      Learn AVID Strategies, like:

o   Taking Cornell Notes

o   Participating in Philosophical Chairs and Socratic Seminars

o   Learn Critical Reading Strategies

o   AVID Weekly Articles


·      Learn Computer Skills

o   Increase typing speeds

o   Learn programs like Word, Excel, PPT, Publisher, etc.

o   Research colleges and universities

o   Presentations

o   Projects of all sorts

·      Go on Field Trips – Some Past Trips include:

o   UCLA

o   Cal State Fullerton

o   UCSD

o   USC

o   UC Riverside

o   UC Irvine

o   MSJC

o   And many more…


·      Gain a family J


How do I join?

Swing by Mr. Tretter’s room and pick up an application. You will not regret the decision to join AVID!


Mr. Tretter