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Class Descriptions :

       1.  AVID -  Advancement Via Individual Determination.  This is a college prep class designed to assist students in achieving a college education and degree; and constructing a model citizen for the American society.  This is a class designed for all students who want to apply on a voluntary basis, and are selected using a rubric that incorporates many variables ( ie. 1st generation of college bound student, socio-economic status, individual test scores and grades,etc.).  The AVID class employs several methods such as binders, tutorials, Cornell notes, philosophical chairs, Socratic seminars, guest speakers, college visits, and other strategies to obtain better study habits.





       2. Teen Leadership - Is a class which students develop leadership, professional, and business skills.  They learn to foster a healthy self-concept, healthy relationships, and learn to understand the concept of personal responsibility.  This will be accomplished via public speaking, writing, technology, and Cornell Notes.


 TA - Every class at South Middle School starts the day with an TA block.  This period of time is instrumental in assisting our students learn about the policies and procedures at South Middle School, uses MIRP ( Monitored Independent Reading Practice) to build better readers at the individual level, and character education in which Mr. Bard, the counselor, spearheads lessons to enhance our students social skills.