Westside participates in AVID in both Middle and Elementary levels.
What is AVID?
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a proven college-readiness system, part of the national AVID Center, that is designed to increase the number of students who enroll and persist in post-secondary education. Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served students in the academic middle. The formula is simple: raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge.
AVID is implemented in 4,800 schools in 48 states, the District of Columbia and 16 countries/territories. It serves more than 425,000 students. Schools and districts have taken AVID methodologies and strategies and implemented them school-wide and district-wide to impact their entire communities and create articulated programs for college success.
What differentiates AVID from other educational reform programs is its astounding success rate. Of the 2011 AVID Seniors reporting, 98.8% graduated and 91% intended to attend a post-secondary institution; 58% in four-year institutions and 33% in two-year institutions.
The Mission of AVID
The mission of AVID is to ensure that ALL students, and most especially the least served students who are in the middle: • will succeed in rigorous curriculum, • will complete a rigorous college preparatory path, • will enter mainstream activities of the school, • will increase their enrollment in four-year colleges, and • will become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.
AVID’s systemic approach is designed to support students and educators as they increase school wide/district wide learning and performance.
We will be offering an expanded Spanish Language offering this year allowing students the potential to receive their two years of foreign language in Middle School.
Below are the courses offered through the Middle School Language department:
Spanish I (High School course)
Spanish I for Spanish Speakers (High School course)
Spanish II will be offered in subsiquent years
FOREIGN LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT FACULTY
MATHEMATICS AT Westside K8
Middle School Mathematics at Westside K8 ranges from 5th Grade Accelerated up through Geometry. Students in our accelerated track have the ability to earn two high school math credits during their time at Westside.
The sequence of topics has been designed to provide the mathematics required for successful completion of Middle School requirements.
Below are the courses offered through the Middle School Mathematics department:
5th Grade Accelerated
6th Grade Advanced
7th Grade Advanced
Algebra I Honors (High School Credit)
Geometry (High School Credit)
MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT FACULTY
Physical Education and Health
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH AT WESTSIDE
We are proud to offer physical education and health to keep our students well rounded at Westside. In addition, students in middle school have the opportunity to take HOPE, a high school credit course, while enrolled in 8th grade. All elementary students receive 150 minutes per week of physical education as well as 20 minutes of unstructured recess.
Science is taught with purpose throughout our Pre-K-8 curriculum. As with math, middle school students at Westside are able to gain a high school credit through accelerated work. Unique to Westside, we offer Elementary Agriculture exposing students to the role of agriculture in our world.