At Osseo Senior High School (OSH), students in Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) classes learn transition skills for advancing into and out of high school, including critical thinking, problem solving, note taking, organization and study skills. AVID is a college and career readiness class that focuses on community building, critical thinking, collaboration, opportunity knowledge, organization, leadership, volunteer service and social-emotional support.
“We have a lot of routines that we use to build confidence in our classrooms. At the start of the week, we do planner time, quick writes, grade check-ins, and organization. At mid-week and at the end of the week we have tutorials, projects and fun Friday,” said LeRoyce Boldt, one of the AVID teachers at OSH.
During the weekly tutorials, students work together to better understand the concepts they are learning in their other classes. Before tutorials, each student fills out a Tutorial Request Form, or TRF sheet with a question they had from one of their classes recently. The sheet lays out the topic, homework question and thought process of working through their problem, as well as their point of confusion. The students are grouped in tutorials by what classes they are in, working collaboratively together to answer the questions and solve the homework problems.
AVID is available to students all four years at OSH. In 9th grade, students learn transition skills from middle school to high school which includes critical thinking, problem solving, note taking, organization and study skills. In 10th grade, students focus on improving collaboration and communication skills as well as career and college opportunity knowledge. In 11th grade, the focus is on ACT prep, college visits, college exploration and leadership skills. For 12th grade, AVID teachers assist students in the college application process and in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students also apply for scholarships, visit schools, and explore careers and volunteer opportunities. In every grade, students are getting assistance in their current coursework and learning critical thinking skills.
“A highlight for us is how much the program has grown. We started with one section of 16 students and now the program has increased to 10 sections with a total of approximately 189 students,” said Royce Winford, AVID coordinator.