Antioch High School has been selected as a National Demonstration School by AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination. AVID is a program that helps underrepresented students in the academic middle succeed in high school and get access to four-year colleges. It is run by a non-profit organization, also called AVID, that provides educators with proven, real-world strategies to accelerate the performance student performance
Antioch High School joins the list of 150 AVID National Demonstration Schools in the United States – the first AVID National Demonstration School in Tennessee. The school was selected through an application process, screening, and review, which included a site visit. AVID is implemented in more than 5,600 schools in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and 16 other countries/territories and impacts almost 1.3 million students annually in grades K-12 and postsecondary institutions.
“My journey was wild until AVID came into my life. Ever since I can remember it has been my dream to be the first to get into college,” said Hernan Saravia, an Antioch senior who will be attending Middle Tennessee State University in the fall of 2016. “I was very thankful for being in a class that helps students are determined to go to college find their way to success. This class has provided me with many opportunities to reach my goal and provides me with the materials that can help me out during my college career. I feel like this class has mentally and physically prepared me for college. It’s thanks to this program that my dream of being the first one to attend college is coming to life.”
AVID Chief Executive Officer Sandy Husk, Ph.D, notes the significance of attaining Demonstration School recognition. “Schools recognized as National Demonstration Sites have proven their ability to successfully implement the AVID Elective course and take the strategies schoolwide to impact all students,” says Dr. Husk. “Antioch was selected as an AVID National 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 National 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.
Melissa Harkreader, Antioch High School’s executive principal, is pleased that the school was chosen as an AVID National Demonstration School, 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 Ms. Harkreader. “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.”