Organization is one of the keys of success. The AVID binder is an organizational tool to help students maintain notes and school work in one place. Students are expected to maintain a three inch binder organized in “The AVID Way” (see guidelines below). At first, student binder evaluations will be for organization only (Does the student have all the required materials in his/her binder?). As the elements of the AVID program are implemented, students will be evaluated on organization AND whether they have all of their materials for every class in their binder. The binder will be evaluated weekly and used as a major grade. Students should spend no more than 30 minutes each day organizing and completing their notes. It should be a red flag to parents if their student spends two or more hours the night before a binder check trying to put it together.
We also require students to use a planner of some sort. Students may choose the one provided by the school, one of their own choosing, or a paper print out of the week or month. It must be in the front pocket of the binder AND IT MUST BE USED!