Garden Grove Unified Schools Named National Models for AVID

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Garden Grove Unified School District’s Doig Intermediate School and Santiago High School were officially re-validated as AVID (Advanced Via Individual Determination) National Demonstration Schools last week. Only 125 schools across the nation and a select few in Orange County earn the prestigious designation which signifies exemplary school-wide implementation of AVID’s proven college readiness systems and strategies.

The elite group of national demonstration schools must pass a rigorous validation process to ensure AVID strategies are being implemented at the highest level across all classrooms. Officials from AVID Center visited the schools last week as part of the revalidation process and commended teachers and administrators for creating a college-going culture that equips all students with the AVID resources needed for success.

“This honor once again demonstrates the dedication of our instructional leaders and the teams at Doig and Santiago to maximize the benefits that AVID delivers to our schools,” said Bob Harden, GGUSD Board of Education vice president. “We know that AVID translates into academic success for students which can be clearly seen in our students’ exceptional performance on college entrance requirements."

AVID is offered at the district’s seven high schools and ten intermediate schools. During the site visits, AVID officials commended Santiago High School for its resources for all students, student-driven support, strong instructional and critical reading strategies, and tremendous support from school’s counseling and administrative teams. At Doig Intermediate School, officials noted strong school culture and district support for AVID, rigorous instruction, targeted student and intervention supports, and alignment to district goals.

Recruitment for the AVID program is currently taking place across elementary schools. Parents with questions about the program are encouraged to contact their child’s school.