GCISD AVID Vertical Alignment of Skills and Strategies


The AVID Elective class is built around detailed content standards in each of these eight domains: 

  • The Writing Process
  • Writing Skills
  • Writing Applications
  • Writing to Learn


  • Costa’s Levels of Thinking
  • Tutorials
  • Socratic Seminar and Philosophical Chairs


  • Types of Interactions
  • Positive Interaction Skills


  • Organization and Time Management
  • Note-Taking
  • Research and Technology
  • Test Preparation/Test-Taking
  • Vocabulary
  • Textual Analysis

College Readiness

  • Guest Speakers
  • Field Trips
  • College and Career Knowledge
  • College Entrance Testing
  • College Admissions

Character Development

  • Self-Awareness
  • Goals
  • Community & School Involvement
  • Ownership of Learning


  • Speaking
  • Listening
The AVID Elective curriculum supports student success by intentionally scaffolding and increasing expectations around specific skills and strategies designed to accelerate growth in the eight domain categories. The foundational skills and strategies are as follows: