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Farb Middle School one of 35 selected to participate in AVID national pilot

Farb Middle School is one of 34 secondary schools across the nation to pilot AVID’s (Advancement Via Individual Determination) new Secondary Integrated Implementation Tool.

The integrated tool will systematically combine current measures to: document fidelity of implementation for the AVID Elective; monitor progress toward AVID Schoolwide implementation; and identify schoolwide Sites of Distinction. The program began this month.

Schools were selected to share their experiences using the Integrated Implementation Tool and to inform decisions about potential revisions. Farb was asked to participate because it is currently an AVID National Demonstration School and has been a model of implementation for many years.

Located in San Diego’s Tierrasanta neighborhood, Farb Middle School is an AVID National Demonstration School, 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.

AVID is a non-profit, proven college-readiness system that closes the achievement gap. Today, AVID is implemented in approximately 5,600 schools in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and 16 countries/territories and impacts more than 900,000 students annually in grades K–12 and in 41 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. For more information visit www.avid.org.