Transition 101 December 2018

6th Grade Transitional Information

Welcome to December!

You are half way through your 6th grade year. Not much more and you will be a 7th grader! This edition of Transition 101 will focus on activities that will help you with choosing your courses for next year. This month, we will focus on 6th grade visits to junior high schools and learn more about the AVID elective class.

6th Grade Visits to Junior High Campuses

Are you ready for 7th grade? What are the halls like during passing periods? How do I find 8 different classes every day? Where do I sit during lunch? What is a Pre-AP class? How is athletics different from PE? How do I sign up for AVID? What other fun elective courses are available? To answer these questions and many more, let's take a field trip to your feeder junior high campus.



During the month of January, your elementary school will have the opportunity to visit the junior high campus in your elementary attendance area. We know that many of our 6th graders may be applying to a magnet junior high and would like to also visit there but for our 6th grade visits, we will have students attend the junior high campus that your elementary school would normally attend.



During your visit, you will get to learn more about the junior high experience. You'll meet some teachers and students, visit classes, experience a passing period, visit the lunchroom, and learn more about AVID and other elective courses that are found at the junior high campus.



When you leave your junior high visit to return to your elementary campus, we want you to have a better idea of what 7th grade will look like next year. This will allow you to have a better idea about classed you can sign up for with your counselor later in the spring.


So get ready to become a 7th grader and learn more about junior high school. We look forward to having you visit our campuses in January.

AVID- Advancement Via Individual Determination

The AVID Elective

The AVID Elective is the core of AVID Secondary.
AVID targets students in the academic middle with the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. Typically, AVID students will be the first in their families to attend college, and come from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential.


AVID places students on the college track, requiring them to enroll in the most rigorous courses that are appropriate for them, such as UT OnRamps, Dual Credit, Honors, Pre-AP and Advanced Placement. To support them in the rigorous coursework, AVID students learn organizational and study skills, develop critical thinking, learn to ask probing questions, receive academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities to make their college dreams a reality.


How will you know if AVID is best for your student?

Consider the individual determination on the part of the student to engage in an accelerated path of college and career readiness. Students enrolled in AVID are required to enroll in classes of rigor—Pre-AP, AP, UT OnRamps, Dual Credit or Honors and perform at rigorous academic levels.


How will your student apply for AVID?

Students will learn more about AVID when Junior High AVID teams come to the elementary campuses before winter break. Elementary counselors will provide application information to all 6th grade students and parents upon conclusion of the Junior High AVID team visits. Contact your elementary counselor for guidance and further information.

College and Career Readiness Office