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    Our students will use the AVID Binder system to develop learners who can self-direct, self-evaluate, self-monitor, and self-advocate. ALL STUDENTS WILL BE REQUIRED to maintain their school binder following the AVID Binder model.

    What is the AVID Binder?

    The AVID Binder is a system for keeping essential school materials and class assignments organized into one binder. A proper AVID Binder contains all the materials in the “Required Items” section of the AVID Binder Checklist (please see attached) in the order outlined in How to Organize Your AVID Binder. Items can be purchased prior to the first day of school, we appreciate the initiative. Items on the “Suggested” list, may be purchased, at your discretion.

    AVID binder checks will be conducted once a month in predetermined classes. Teachers leading the monthly AVID Binder checks will be looking for “Required Items” and overall organization. Please review the checklist so how can help prepare your child at home for a successful binder check, and to learn more about AVID.

    How can I support my child at home?

    Regularly check your child’s backpack and AVID Binder. All papers should be placed in binder rings in the proper class section. Remove unnecessary papers. Ensure all required materials are present. We encourage you to reference the attached checklist

    What is AVID? 

    AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. For more information about AVID, visit their website at

    Thank you for your partnership and support. If you have any questions about the AVID Binder, do not hesitate to contact us.

    Required Contents:

    □ Good quality 3-ring, 3” binder ( or larger) with pocket inserts and a clear cover

    □ 6 colored tab subject dividers and Spiral Notebooks to separate classes, including AVID Elective 

    • English

    • Math

    • Science

    • Social Studies

    • AVID

    • Elective (Determined by Schedule)

    □ Zipper pouch to store supplies

    □ 2 or more pens (black or blue)

    □ 2 or more pencils

    □ Wide Ruled Notebook Paper

    □ 1’ ruler

    □ 1 or more colored highlighter pens

    □ Agenda/daily planner/calendar (in or outside of binder)

    Suggested Contents:

    □ Notebook dictionary and/or thesaurus

    □ Color pencils

    □ Manual pencil sharpener with shavings receptacle

    How to Organize Your Binder:

    □ Zipper pouch with supplies

    □ Agenda/daily planner/calendar

    □ Notebook paper

    □ Divider for each class

    □ No papers in the binder pockets


    Phone: (310) 305-3100