Oakwood receives national recognition for high performance - Named nation’s first AVID fifth and sixth grade demonstration campus

AVID is a kindergarten through postsecondary system that has turned thousands of underperforming students into confident, college-going scholars and graduates.

The school, which joins approximately 140 other AVID National Demonstration Schools, was selected through an application process, screening and review that included a site visit.  AVID is implemented in approximately 5,000 schools in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and 16 other countries/territories and impacts more than 800,000 students annually in grades K-12 and postsecondary institutions.

AVID Chief Executive Officer Sandy Husk 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," Husk said.  “Oakwood 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."

As part of the AVID Demonstration Sites Network, sites are expected to develop a model program with school-wide 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.

"It is a tremendous honor to be selected as a demonstration school and we are proud of our AVID program and school as a whole," said Oakwood Principal Josh Symank.  "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 approximately 5,000 schools in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and 16 countries/ territories; AVID impacts more than 800,000 students in grades K-12, as well as 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.

Primary website: www.avid.org

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/AVIDCenter

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