AVID 11 Course Syllabus

    Mrs. Peterson

    During the junior year, we will focus on:

    PSAT, SAT, and ACT preparation

    • Preparing for the PSAT, given in October
    • Exploring the structure and format of the SAT and ACT tests
    • CollegeSpring program
    • Online programs such as khanacademy.org and collegeboard.org
    • Practice tests to prepare for the rigor of the exams
    • Preparation for the writing portion of the exams
    • Students can earn extra credit by practicing for the SAT and/or the ACT at home

     College Exploration

    • Research possible college choices so students are prepared for the first semester of their senior year.  Each student will create his/her own college list.
    • Use resources such as the text The Princeton Review: The Best 378 Colleges or websites such as BigFuture.org or CollegeGreenLight.com
    • Guest speakers for colleges and careers
    • Differences between the UC System, the Cal State System, and Private Colleges
    • Applying for scholarships
    • Preparation for filling out college applications, including the essays
    • Majors and Careers Research Project
    • College Research Program

    Other areas of focus will include:

    • Volunteerism via community service
    • Five Choices Project
    • Tutorial Grade Analysis
    • Tutorials
    • Self Assessment
    • UC Personal Insight Questions
    • Socratic seminars
    • Organization of Senior Exit Portfolio