Members of the AVID National Validation Team named Atascocita Middle School an AVID National Demonstration School on February 14. This honor is earned by less than 2 percent of schools with AVID programs. The revalidation process was conducted by Mike Mozingo, AVID Program Manager and Linda Powell-McMillan from the AVID Center. The revalidation team spent the day observing AVID classrooms and speaking to AVID students and teachers.

AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a nationally-acclaimed program that focuses on helping students be successful in academically rigorous coursework to ensure college readiness. Humble ISD is home to 12 AVID programs and three AVID National Demonstration schools. Timberwood Middle School earned the distinction in 2014 and was recently revalidated for three more years. Humble Middle School earned their distinction in 2016.

As an AVID National Demonstration School, Atascocita Middle School will be visited by schools across the region that wish to model their AVID program. This honor is a culmination of an 18-month application process. The requirements are extensive and include having 10 percent of the student population enrolled in AVID and implementing college readiness strategies schoolwide. Also, 70 percent of eighth grade AVID students must be on track to complete Algebra I. That requires they start honors math in the sixth grade.

"I am proud of all the students and staff for the hard work they have done leading up to this point, Steve Steinke, Assistant Principal and AVID Campus Coordinator, said. "We are excited that AMS will now be a learning site for others to implement AVID and to continue to aid students to be successful." 

During the final review, the validation team applauded the AMS AVID team on the student's ability to own their learning and using collaborative leadership in their classes. AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

“AVID’s rigorous nature empowers students by helping them form positive habits for college and beyond," Sally Wagner, Humble ISD AVID Coordinator, said. "It’s more than a banner in a hallway, but the belief system that our students can and will be successful.”

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