Oxnard, CA—Oxnard High School has been selected as an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Demonstration School, a kindergarten through postsecondary system that has turned thousands of underperforming students into confident, college-going scholars and graduates.
The school, which joins approximately 125 other AVID Demonstration Schools, was selected through an application process, screening and review that included a site visit. 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.
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. “Oxnard High School 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.
Dr. Eric Riegert, Oxnard High School’s principal, is pleased that the school was chosen as an AVID Demonstration Site, noting the impact of the program on staff and students.
“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 Riegert. “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 a non-profit, proven college readiness system that closes the achievement gap. Today, AVID is implemented in more than 4,900 schools in 45 states and 16 countries/ territories; AVID impacts more than 700,000 students in grades K-12, as well as students in 28 postsecondary institutions. The AVID College Readiness System transforms a school’s academic culture to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges and succeed in higher education and training