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Dessau MS named an AVID National Demonstration School

Dessau Middle School has once again been selected as an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) National Demonstration School, a system which helps students develop critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas through research-based curriculum and strategies.

DMS principal Jeremy LeJeune is pleased that the school was chosen as an AVID National Demonstration School, noting the impact of the program on staff and students.

"It is a tremendous honor to be selected as a National Demonstration Site, where we are proud of our AVID system, as well as our school as a whole," said LeJeune. "The use of AVID strategies schoolwide has positively impacted students and staff, and we continue to see a more engaged and college-ready student body.”

DMS earned the maximum recertification of 3 years, repeating its performance in 2012 when the campus also earned the maximum certification.

“The commitment to supporting student success is thriving at DMS!” Rebecca Brace Embry, PfISD advanced academics coordinator, said. “I am very proud of the ongoing commitment of the AVID site team, and entire campus, to ensure that all students will be college-and career-ready. The affirmation of the daily work that students and teachers do is well deserved.”

The school, which joins approximately 140 other AVID National Demonstration Schools, was selected through an application process, screening and review that included a site visit. AVID is implemented in approximately 5,000 schools in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and 16 other countries/territories and impacts more than 800,000 students annually in grades K-12 and postsecondary institutions.

"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," said AVID Chief Executive Officer Sandy Husk. “Dessau Middle School was selected 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."

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.