Visitors were able to observe WICOR (writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading) elements in each classroom. Staff shared examples of the use of Socratic Seminars and other collaborative structures that are an integral part of the approaches used by all San Marino teachers and are in use daily school-wide.
The school was also able to highlight our partnership with Orangeview Junior High. Thanks to their support, we have AVID Student Tutors every week.
More examples of skills that are developed on an AVID campus are Focused Note-Taking at all grade levels, as well as Collaborative Study Groups in our 6th Grade classes. San Marino is proud to have integrated a powerful instructional strategy that is typically only seen at the middle and high schools into our sixth grade classes. We see improved student engagement and enthusiasm as they embrace these tools of learning that will help them all through their academic careers and beyond.
Additionally, our San Marino teacher team exemplifies continued dedication to professional learning through OC AVID Regional Workshops and a willingness to host a workshop next year! These are but a few examples of how AVID continues to blossom at San Marino. San Marino is AVID strong and AVID-minded!
SAN MARINO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CONTINUES AVID FOR THIRD YEAR
Nationally recognized approach designed to prepare students to be college and career ready continues its third year at San Marino. Buena Park, CA, September 13, 2018— Aimed at preparing students for their futures in college and careers by closing the achievement gap while still in the elementary grades, San Marino Elementary is launching its second year as an AVID school. AVID is a nationwide program that teaches students academic behaviors and higher-level thinking which in turn supports their academic success throughout their school years. AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, started over 35 years ago in San Diego, and today it continues to positively impact nearly two million students in more than 5,000 schools in 44 states and 16 countries/territories on their path toward college and careers.
Last year, San Marino students in 3rd through 6th grades were introduced to and used many of AVID’s strategies which were incorporated into daily classroom instruction. This year the school is expanding their adoption of AVID and is including all grades Kindergarten through sixth. All students will learn about organization, study skills, communication, and self-advocacy using the AVID systematic approach to Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading (WICOR). Dr. Omaira Lee, Principal at San Marino Elementary, shared, that, “AVID has proven that when given a system of rigorous curriculum and strategic support, all students can be academically successful.”
San Marino has also taken on the appearance of AVID culture, both outside and inside the classrooms. These changes include posting flags from various universities throughout the campus, wearing university shirts on Fridays, banners announcing that San Marino is an AVID school, and a morning chant. Within the classrooms, there are college flags, teachers’ alma mater displays, student research of different colleges, Growth Mindset projects, multiple examples of students using academic language and collaboration, and every student has an organized binder. All students also attend a field trip to a local college or university where they are able to see what college is like.
San Marino is AVID STRONG, AVID MINDED, and COLLEGE BOUND!