Utt Middle School Named AVID National Demonstration School
- May 22, 2020
- Posted by: Cuselleration
- Category: News
C.E. Utt Middle School has been selected as an AVID National Demonstration School, a recognition for becoming a premier Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) schoolwide implementation site.
AVID is a nonprofit organization that provides educators with proven, real-world strategies to accelerate the performance of college-bound students. AVID National Demonstration Schools provide schoolwide student support towards success in college, career, and life.
“It is an honor to achieve AVID demonstration school status because it affirms our efforts to create a college-going culture,” Utt Principal Heather Bojorquez said. “This validates that we have high expectations for all students, along with the support they need to meet those expectations on our campus.”
The Tustin Unified School District provides the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program at nine schools, including Columbus Tustin, A.G. Currie, Hewes, and Pioneer middle schools; Orchard Hills School; Beckman, Foothill and Tustin high schools.
“Of the 7,506 AVID schools in the United States, only 196 schools provide the level of programming required to earn AVID National Demonstration School status,” said TUSD AVID teacher on special assignment Laurie Jimenez, who coordinates the program.
“As Tustin Unified’s third AVID National Demonstration School, joining Columbus Tustin Middle School and Tustin High School, Utt will welcome visitors and serve as a model for area schools and districts interested in implementing or improving their program,” said Jimenez.