PHS AVID Announcements
AVID effort lauded
Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 02/17/2010 07:00:00
- AVID students, faculty and staff gathered in the gym of Pomona High
School on Wednesday afternoon waiting for a
A team of state and national representatives of
the Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, program spent the day on
campus visiting more than a dozen classrooms and conducting interviews with
students, parents and teachers.
After reviewing data about Pomona High's AVID
program and Wednesday's visit the team announced it was certifying Pomona High
as a National AVID Demonstration
School for 2010-2012,
said Julie Elliott, director of the AVID National Demonstration Schools program
and the state's AVID director.
With that, students broke out into cheers
High School was
named a National AVID Demonstration
School on Wednesday.
Advancement Via Individual Determination is a program that helps students get
the skills and support they need to go on to college. Only 110 out of the 4,500
AVID schools in the country become demonstration schools. (Frank Perez/Correspondent)
and applause and faculty members
Only 110 schools out of 4,500 in the AVID program
are National Demonstration schools, Elliott said.
"You are the best of the best," she said
drawing more cheers from the students.
Freshman Julian Ortiz was among the students
waiting for the announcement.
"I'm proud to be in this school and to
represent AVID," Julian said.
Being named an AVID National Demonstration
School means it will
serve as a model for schools wishing to start or enhance AVID programs, AVID
The principles of AVID have spread across the
campus, said Sandy Sanders, the school's AVID coach and AVID consultant with
the Los Angeles County Office of Education.
Before making the announcement, Granger Ward,
executive vice president of the AVID Center in San Diego, reviewed the content of the
visiting team's report with the audience.
The teams made note of several things including
the school's strong college-ready culture; visionary leadership at every level;
high parent participation; and tutors who have ties to the school and
community, Ward said.
Students are not only focused on learning but
articulate and are quite capable of expressing their views clearly, he said.
About 340 Pomona High students are enrolled in the
AVID program, which prepares them for college by giving them study,
organizational and time-management skills in addition to academic support
through bi-weekly tutoring sessions and study groups.
Most are the first members of their families who
will be going to college, school officials said.
Pomona High's AVID program has been in place since
1995 and has recently grown to serve about 20percent of the student body,
school officials said.
The goal is to increase that number to 25percent,
said Principal Roger Fasting.
About 97percent of Pomona High's AVID students
head to four-year colleges after graduation, he said.
Teachers Eva Morales-Vargas and Diana Rendon, who
together coordinate the program, said the designation was an important
milestone for past and present AVID students and faculty along with the school
and the entire community.
In making the announcement, the AVID officials had
a group of students rolled out a large banner announcing the school's
"It feels like a Super Bowl trophy - only better," said Rendon.