Three schools in Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD) were recognized for earning the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Schoolwide Site of Distinction award for 2017-2018. Alamitos Intermediate School, Doig Intermediate School, and Santiago High School were among only five schools in Orange County to earn the national recognition for demonstrating the highest level of implementation of AVID’s college and career readiness program.
“Our school teams should be commended for their exceptional work in implementing AVID’s trusted college readiness instructional strategies across all classrooms and content areas,” said Walter Muneton, Board of Education trustee. “AVID is a way of life across GGUSD’s intermediate and high schools and our success is due to the enthusiastic dedication of our dynamic teachers and instructional leaders in helping every student dream big and achieve their college and career goals.”
Across the nation, 173 schools were recognized with the AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction Award and 68 were from California. This puts GGUSD in an elite group of schools that are leading the way in college and career readiness.
To be recognized for an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction, schools must meet a set of benchmarks that include a minimum percentage of students applying to college, taking rigorous courses, achieving high test scores, and having a certain percentage of teachers trained in AVID strategies.
AVID is offered at the district’s seven high schools and 10 intermediate schools. Doig Intermediate School and Santiago High School are National Demonstration Schools – a distinction held by very few schools across Orange County.
For information about recruitment for the AVID program, parents are encouraged to contact their child’s school or watch our AVID videos on our district’s YouTube channel.