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Whittier Middle School recognized for high performance, designated national model for college readiness

Whittier Middle School recognized for high performance, designated national model for college readiness

Whittier Middle School has been selected as an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) National Demonstration School. Whittier will now serve as an exemplary model for schools interested in implementing the college-readiness system to visit and observe the very best of this system’s proven methodologies and strategies.

The campus is among only approximately 135 other AVID Demonstration Schools, and was selected through a rigorous application process, screening and review that included a site visit by the national organization. AVID is implemented in more than 4,900 schools in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and 16 countries/territories and impacts more than 700,000 students in grades K-12 and in 28 postsecondary institutions.

The recognition was earned under the leadership of Whittier Principal Janet Perez. Last year both Jefferson High School and Longfellow Middle School were named AVID National Demonstration Schools.

"It is a tremendous honor to be selected as a demonstration school, and we are proud of our AVID program and our school as a whole," said Whittier principal Janet Perez. "The use of AVID strategies schoolwide has positively impacted students and staff, and we continue to see a more engaged and college-ready student body.”

The AVID College Readiness System (ACRS) accelerates student learning, uses research-based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional learning, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.  The system is credited with turning thousands of underperforming students into confident, college-going scholars and graduates.

AVID Executive Director Jim Nelson notes the significance of attaining demonstration site status. "Schools chosen as demonstration sites have proven their ability to successfully implement the AVID academic elective course and take the strategies schoolwide to impact  all students," says Nelson. “Whittier was selected as an AVID Demonstration School because it has implemented the AVID system throughout the school and can serve as a model for new AVID sites."

The recognition of being an AVID Demonstration School was established in 1993 with a $250,000 award from the Charles A. Dana Foundation of New York. As part of the AVID Demonstration Sites Network, sites are expected to develop a model program with schoolwide participation. With AVID’s proven methodologies used throughout subject area classes, performance levels improve for all students, but especially for those students who are the least likely to attend four-year colleges. Schools from around the world that are preparing to implement the AVID system will visit Demonstration Schools, such as this one, to observe a highly evolved AVID system.

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