Modesto City Schools AVID Application for Thomas Downey High School
After reading the description below, please complete the entire application to the best of your ability. Students will be selected based on their aptitude for the AVID elective, determined through this application. Students may also be asked to participate in an interview. Students are typically notified of their acceptance in the AVID program in May.

AVID Class Description:
AVID is a four-year elective class for students who are serious about succeeding in high school and college. Our goal is to provide capable students with the support to thrive in any curriculum and course they desire to take through developing and practicing useful academic skills. The class is composed of class-work led by the AVID teacher and tutorial groups led by high school tutors. AVID methodologies focus on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading.

Several benefits await prospective AVID students. AVID is a “class community” composed of peers, teachers and tutors geared towards encouraging academic and personal success. We have created a supportive community environment to allow a consistent source of support for students in all four years of high school. AVID teachers coach students through high school course selection, high stakes test preparation, college applications and financial aid.

Who is well-suited for AVID:
Does this list describe you?
You work well with others.
You have a positive attitude in school.
You do your homework.
You want to challenge yourself.
You are willing to try different methods for learning and keeping track of assignments.
You want to more thoroughly understand class material (math, English, science, history, etc.)
You may not have support at home for academic and college planning.
You would earn better grades with more support – in learning methods and organization.
You would enjoy being a part of a small family-community in high school.
If so, this class may be for you!

Who is not well-suited for AVID?
This class is NOT for you if you prefer to work alone, DON'T plan to go to a 4-year college, DON'T take learning seriously, or repeatedly miss class assignments. This is NOT a course for remedial or at-risk students and it is NOT intended to be a last resort for students who are failing courses.

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