In the News

AVIDwire is your official source for featured national and international news on the AVID program. Here we will keep you up-to-date on our impact across the globe as folks read about AVID in their local communities. If you have a news article, in print or on the web, and would like to share it, please let us know by using our Contact Form or email Steven Baratte at sbaratte@avidcenter.org.

Currently featured news articles:

April 10, 2014

Vancouver AVID teacher, family, visit the president
The Columbian

A Vancouver AVID teacher and her family with West Wing connections met President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on April 4.

Bethany Rivard, a teacher at Fort Vancouver High School, traveled to Washington, D.C., with her husband, David Smith, and their daughters, Sage Smith, 6, and Elsa Smith, 5. They were invited to attend the president's departure meeting with Jamie Smith, his former deputy press secretary... More

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April 10, 2014

State urged to press on with Race to Top
Delaware Online

Some of Race to the Top's programs have worked as planned: Every student whose test scores show they can succeed in college has applied, for example, and the state has new data system that officials say will allow teachers and policymakers to make much better decisions in serving students... More

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April 8, 2014

West Bloomfield offers pupils help to succeed in college
Daily Tribune

While high school graduates from around Michigan start college without the strategies needed to be successful, the West Bloomfield school district is offering classes from middle through high school to remedy that situation for its graduates... More

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April 8, 2014

Judson Middle School AVID students hold college fair
Statesman Journal

It wasn’t a typical college fair at Judson Middle School. There were no admission officers or alumni staffing an organized booth, draped with a sign of their alma mater... More

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April 7, 2014

Willowridge students aid Star of Hope project
Houston Chronicle

Willowridge High School students participated in the Snack and Goodnight community service project at Star of Hope on March 27.

According to a release from the school, "More than 25 people, including 10 Willowridge High School AVID students and staff members, participated in the Star of Hope Snacks and Goodnight Project... More

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April 7, 2014

Brooklyn Nets and AVID host college fair
Barclays Center Television

Executives from the Brooklyn Nets front office spoke with hundreds of students from the AVID high school program about their futures... More

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April 4, 2014

East Ridge Middle achievement effort noted
Daily Commercial

Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, was a program developed in California in 1980 to help middle-achieving students improve. Since then, it has branched out to schools in 45 states and 16 countries... More

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April 2, 2014

Local school districts develop program to prepare students for college
The Daily Campus

When Kevin Henry was invited to join AVID almost seven years ago he wasn’t sure just what he was getting himself into. At the end of seventh grade, though, he’d been to an informational meeting, went through the interview process and was a member of the program by the start of eighth grade... More

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April 2, 2014

Jefferson Middle School AVID Hosts NASCAR’s Dylan Lupton
Mid Valley News

AVID students at Jefferson Middle School in San Gabriel had the pleasure of hosting NASCAR driver Dylan Lupton, when he and his racecar roared onto campus on Thursday, March 20th... More

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April 1, 2014

Sandalwood High program becomes national model
First Coast News

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sandalwood High School is earning recognition for its success with a program that prepares students to improve their critical thinking skills for the rigors of college... More

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March 27, 2014

Capital High earns recognition from AVID
Albuquerque Journal

In wake of the bad news that came earlier this week that 20 students had been suspended two days for cheating, Santa Fe’s Capital High School got some good news... More

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March 24, 2014

AVID students visit Waseda University
Seahawk Umitaka

Students from Fleet Activities (FLEACT), Yokosuka had the rare opportunity to visit the campus of Waseda University, one of Japans most prestigious colleges, as a part of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) school program aimed at introducing students to campus lifestyles in Japan, March 20... More

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March 24, 2014

North High student bound for Harvard credits teachers
Telegram & Gazette

Seventeen-year-old Rose E. Payva has a message for parents who judge a public school by its reputation: "The schools that have the worst reputations give the best education, because they work harder for it," she said. A hard worker herself, Rose is heading to Harvard University after she graduates from North High School this year. Her family and her own motivation helped get her there, but she also gives much of the credit to her teachers... More

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March 24, 2014

The FastBreak Foundation Honors Top AVID Students
NBA.com

The Minnesota Timberwolves and the FastBreak Foundation honored three of St. Paul’s AVID Students during a break in game action Sunday afternoon... More

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March 19, 2014

Teachers teaching teachers
Victoria News

Two Langford educators are heading south this summer to teach teachers how to help students better prepare for post-secondary studies... More

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March 18, 2014

East Irondequoit Middle School recognized as AVID Designation School
WHEC-TV

Preparing students for college and success after graduation is the mission of the AVID program. News10NBC learned one local school is using the program in the classroom... More

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March 13, 2014

Potter students get a first-hand look at college, careers
The Fallbrook Village News

FALLBROOK – Potter Junior High School students recently took steps toward the goal of accessing college and 21st century careers.

On Feb. 28, more than 350 seventh grade students attended a college tour of California State University San Marcos. For many, it was their first time on a college campus, and the trip helped make the college dream a more tangible reality... More

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March 12, 2014

AVID program expanding at Seven Oak, LHS
Lebanon Express

The Lebanon Community School District is using a college preparedness system called Advancement Via Individual Determination. There are two main components of AVID being implemented at Lebanon High School and Seven Oak Middle School... More

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March 11, 2014

College mentor returns to Roseland 'to give out hope'
Chicago Tribune

Growing up in the poverty stricken South Side community of Roseland in a neighborhood plagued by violence, Corey Hardiman had few uplifting role models to pattern his life after, he said... More

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March 11, 2014

JSD: Little-known program makes big difference
Juneau Empire

Before she stepped foot in her AVID class, attending college had never crossed Adrianna D’Cafango’s mind. In fact, “I didn’t know what a GPA was,” the Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School eighth-grader said... More

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March 10, 2014

AVID, Check & Connect headed for expansion
Star Tribune

Two programs in Minneapolis schools with track records of helping students stay in school and head to college are among the big winners in a proposed shift of how the district spends its state integration aid… More

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March 10, 2014

West County: Award finalist is avid about AVID
Maryland Gazette

As the first person in her family to attend college, Jennifer Swiech understands the complexity of navigating through the higher educational system without assistance from a parent... More

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March 6, 2014

CHAMPION: Vista Ridge named AVID national site
Hill Country News

Last week, Leander ISD celebrated the selection of Vista Ridge High School as an AVID National Demonstration High School. As such, VRHS has been recognized as an exemplary model that demonstrates the very best AVID methodologies and strategies... More

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March 3, 2014

AVID program preps students for college
Delmarvanow

MILLSBORO — New York University, Texas A&M, University of Delaware — flags from around the nation hang from the ceiling of Kim Cooper’s Advancement Via Individual Determination program class at Millsboro Middle School, just a few feet over the heads of her eighth-grade students, many of whom are working to be the first in their families to attend college... More

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March 2, 2014

Kimberly Krull: Butler’s AVID program offers seamless transition for high school students
The Kansas City Star

As one of Butler Community College’s strategic priorities, ensuring student success is the foundation of the college’s work each day. This creates a perfect fit for Butler and AVID for Higher Education... More

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March 1, 2014

Mentoring a key component to student achievement
Greenwich Time

Throughout their four years at Greenwich High School, the seniors in the Advancement Via Individual Determination program have navigated academics and other challenges with the help of school faculty and others involved in AVID... More

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