Austin, TX—Decker Middle School has revalidated as an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) National Demonstration School, a kindergarten through postsecondary system that has turned thousands of underperforming students into confident, college-going scholars and graduates.
The school, one of approximately 140 other AVID National Demonstration Schools, was selected through an application process, screening and review that included a site visit.
"This revalidation shows why Manor ISD will soon be a destination school district in Central Texas," said Manor ISD Superintendent Dr. Royce Avery. "Congratulations to Principal Dayna Anthony-Swain, and her dedicated team of teachers and administrators."
AVID Chief Executive Officer Sandy Husk notes the significance of attaining demonstration site status. "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," says Husk. “Decker Middle School was revalidated as an AVID National Demonstration School because it has implemented the AVID system throughout the school and can serve as a model for new AVID sites."
AVID is implemented in more than 4,900 schools in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and 16 countries/territories and impacts more than 700,000 students in grades K-12 and in 41 postsecondary institutions.
The recognition of being an AVID National Demonstration School was established in 1993 with a $250,000 award from the Charles A. Dana Foundation of New York. As part of the AVID Demonstration Sites Network, sites are expected to develop a model program with schoolwide participation. With AVID’s proven methodologies used throughout subject area classes, performance levels improve for all students, but especially for those students who are the least likely to attend four-year colleges. Schools from around the world that are preparing to implement the AVID system will visit Demonstration Schools, such as this one, to observe a highly evolved AVID system.