It’s an accolade held by only one school in Maryland and that’s New Town High School.
“It is such an honor to be named not only a National Demonstration School for our AVID Program but also a Schoolwide Site of Distinction Site as well,” said Mrs. Albert, New Town High School’s AVID Coordinator. “We are the only school currently in the state of Maryland that is both a Demonstration and Schoolwide Site of Distinction.” The school recently was named a Schoolwide Site of Distinction.
Albert points to New Town’s faculty as key to the school meeting the criteria to gain these two distinctions. “We would not be able to be at this status if it was not for the commitment … [of] our faculty at New Town for implementing WICOR into their daily instruction; seventy-nine percent of our staff is AVID Certified Trained.
New Town currently has 174 students enrolled in its AVID Program. AVID, stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. AVID’S mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. The achievement gap refers to the difference in the educational performance of groups of students, especially groups defined by socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity and gender.
AVID is a global nonprofit organization that operates with one guiding principle: Hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge
Being an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction Site, represents the highest level of AVID implementation with fidelity which includes demonstrating excellence in instructional WICOR practices schoolwide and promoting an environment that is college readiness for all students.
“You walk in the hallways at New Town and you know this is an AVID School,” said Mrs. Albert.
AVID is a four-year college readiness system. The program at NTHS works to prepare students for success at a four year college or university. Ninth and tenth graders who are not currently enrolled in the school’s AVID Program can apply to be a part of the program.
“AVID is good teaching. WICOR strategies help ensure our students will be successful in school along with college,” said Mrs. Albert.
For more information about the national AVID program, please visit www.avid.org. If you have questions about the New Town High School AVID program, please contact Mrs. Kathy Albert, AVID Coordinator.