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Jefferson HS commended as national model of college readiness system

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Jefferson High School commended as national model of the AVID college readiness system

Dec. 17, 2018 — Following a recent visit by a national college-readiness organization, San Antonio ISD’s Jefferson High School has been renewed as an AVID National Demonstration Site. The designation is bestowed upon schools deemed highly successful in implementing the AVID college readiness system.

Jefferson is among approximately 170 other schools in the country to hold the designation, which is only about 3 percent of the 5,600 schools in which AVID is implemented.

AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, is designed to increase the number of students who enroll in and graduate from four-year colleges and universities. The AVID college readiness system 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 helping to turn students into confident, college-going scholars and graduates.

“This is a great honor for our school district,” said Liz Ozuna, director of Advanced Academics. “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.”

AVID is offered as an elective course during the school day at all participating schools. However, at National Demonstration Schools, the system is implemented beyond the elective class and incorporated schoolwide. An AVID site team at Jefferson High School comprised of teachers, counselors and academic administrators receives intensive training in implementing the college readiness system.

Students learn organizational and study skills; they work on critical thinking and asking probing questions and they receive academic help from peers and college tutors. The students also participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college attainable.

SAISD has a total of three National Demonstration Schools in its District. In addition to Jefferson High School, the two other schools are Longfellow and Whittier middle schools. Jefferson and Longfellow have been designated as AVID National Demonstration Sites since 2012. Whittier received its designation the following year in 2013.

As National Demonstration Schools, these three campuses serve as exemplary models that other schools interested in implementing AVID can visit to observe the very best of the system’s proven methodologies and strategies.

Two of the campuses also provide an International Baccalaureate (IB) framework. Jefferson was designated as an IB World School earlier this year, and Longfellow is an IB-candidate school.