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Nicollet Junior High AVID program receives national recognition

Nicollet Junior High in Burnsville has been named an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) National Demonstration School because of its success in using the AVID program to help students succeed academically and prepare for college. The recognition was presented at a ceremony March 5, following an extensive on-site review by AVID officials.

Nicollet AVID students celebrate the school’s recognition as an AVID National Demonstration School on March 5.

Reviewers from AVID spoke with students about their experiences in Nicollet’s AVID program on March 5. Several students, including Jackie Kayee, talked about how they were more organized and spent more time thinking about their futures, including college.

At Nicollet, AVID is both a building-wide initiative and an elective class designed to help students prepare for and succeed in college by developing critical thinking and organizational skills and establishing a “college-bound” culture among students.

With this recognition, Nicollet will serve as a model for other schools looking to implement or improve their AVID programs. AVID is implemented in more than 4,900 schools around the country, but only 140 have been selected as National Demonstration Schools.

“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,” said AVID Chief Executive Officer Sandy Husk.

Nicollet Junior High Principal Renee Brandner said she was pleased that the school was chosen as an AVID National Demonstration School, noting the impact of the program on staff and students.

“We are proud of our AVID program and our school as a whole,” Brandner said. “It’s clear that using the AVID strategies has positively impacted students and staff, and we continue to see a more engaged and college-ready student body.”

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Posted: Friday, March 6, 2015 - 13:43