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AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college-preparatory elective currently offered to students at Mt. Jordan Middle School, Eastmont Middle School and Jordan High School in Canyons School District. The course is based on national curriculum designed to accelerate the academic performance of the least served population in public schools: students in the academic middle—those who have average to high test scores and earn B and C grades in their classes. As AVID participants, "average" students raise their academic achievement and realize their tremendous academic potential. Nationwide, 90% of AVID participants go on to college every year.
Students are specially selected to participate in AVID after an application process. Those who are admitted to the program begin taking the AVID elective course and continue through their senior year of high school. In the AVID elective class, students learn organizational and analytical skills, focusing special attention on the five pillars of AVID's "WICOR" curriculum: writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading. The ultimate objective of this curriculum is to develop students' ability to think critically and ask higher-order questions—skills that will be key to their academic success in college, the workplace, and the world.
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