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AVID National Demonstration School

Farb Middle School was recently named an AVID National Demonstration School, a distinction that is unprecedented in the district. Farb is the first and only school with that distinction in the San Diego Unified School District.

What does it mean? AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. It is an educational program aimed originally at students who would be the first in their families to go to college. But its success at raising student achievement has attracted widespread admiration and adaptation of its methods. The program focuses on philosophy as well as nuts and bolts details like how to study, how to take notes in class, how to organize your desk and much more.

How do schools win the designation? Farb has been preparing for a long time to spread the school-wide focus of academic rigor and adapt the methods of AVID. To win the honor of being an AVID Demonstration School, a school must exhibit a college-going culture evident throughout the campus, through rigor and high expectations for all students. The core program must provide excellent tutorials and quality implementation of the curriculum. A demonstration school takes on the role of being an AVID learning site for other schools and organizations to observe in action.

What this honor means to the school community: When the evaluation team arrived on Farb's campus for its final tour, this event meant so much to the school community, the team was greeted by the school's AVID Club and by the Farb band and orchestra.Students and staff wore their AVID T-shirts and their college apparel to show their spirit. Both students and staff were excited and proud when they heard the announcement that Farb had been determined to rate as an AVID National Demonstration School. The designation validated all the hard work the entire community had been putting in to really make a school to be proud of.