Farb Middle School has been validated for the second time as a National Demonstration Site for Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a fourth grade through high school system that has turned thousands of underperforming students into confident, college-going scholars. Farb received high honors from the reviewers who revalidated the school for an additional 3 years.
The school, which is part
of approximately 120 other AVID National Demonstration Sites, was
revalidated through an application process, screening and review that
included a site visit. AVID is implemented in more than 4,900 schools
in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and 16 countries/territories and
impacts more than 700,000 students in grades K-12 and in 28
"It is a tremendous honor to be
selected as a demonstration site and to be revalidated for another 3
years," said Principal Susan Levy. "Our students and staff have
implemented AVID with fidelity. We are proud of our AVID program, our
AVID Coordinator, our teachers and our school as a whole."
Executive Director Jim Nelson 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 affect all
students," says Nelson. “Farb Middle School” was selected as a National
Demonstration Site because it has implemented the AVID system throughout
the school and can serve as a model for new AVID sites."
National Demonstration Sites were initiated in 1993 with a $250,000
award from the Charles A. Dana Foundation of New York. As part of the
AVID National 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 National
Demonstration Sites, such as this one, to observe a highly evolved AVID
Levy is pleased that the school
was revalidated as an AVID National Demonstration Site, noting the
impact of the program on staff and students.
"It is a tremendous
honor to be selected as a demonstration site and to be revalidated for
another 3 years. Our students and staff have implemented AVID with
fidelity. We are proud of our AVID program, our AVID Coordinator, our
teachers and our school as a whole," Levy said. "AVID has helped the
entire school improve student achievement, raise test scores, narrow
the achievement gap, and maintain a college focus. Farb was able to
attain an API score of 803 this year. AVID affects not only AVID
elective students, but all students. We use AVID strategies and
methodologies in all classrooms so that every one of our students
benefits from a culture of high expectations and a college going
For more information, please visit www.avid.org.