Homestead High School has been named an AVID Demonstration School, a distinction only 2 percent of AVID high schools in the United States achieve.
With the designation, Homestead is part of a network of schools that provide exemplary models of the AVID College Readiness System, which aims to ensure enhanced academic achievement and greater college readiness for all students through the four core principles of instruction, systems, leadership and culture. AVID Demonstration Schools must go through a robust validation process and be revalidated on a regular basis to ensure they continue to implement AVID strategies with fidelity.
As a National Demonstration School, Homestead will continue to host administrators and teachers who wish to implement AVID in their own schools, allowing them to observe how the school serves as a center of learning for AVID best practices.
“At Homestead High School, we are dedicated to ensuring students receive the opportunities they need to prepare for college and careers to achieve postsecondary success,” said Brett Bowers, Homestead principal. “AVID is a proven system that helps us to achieve those goals. The fact that we have been recognized as a national leader is another great point of pride for our school community.”
Homestead began implementing AVID schoolwide in 2011, training educators to successfully incorporate the methodologies into classroom instruction. Since then, the school has demonstrated enhanced student college readiness.
“Homestead’s designation as an AVID Demonstration School is a tremendous honor,” said Dr. Demond A. Means, superintendent of schools for the Mequon-Thiensville School District. “Homestead is a model for both student achievement and college readiness on a national scale. This is yet another great milestone for the school and our district at large, and the credit goes to our teachers, staff members, administrators, students and our AVID site team for making AVID a success throughout the school.”
MTSD has implemented AVID throughout all its schools K-12, making it the first district in Wisconsin to be an AVID Districtwide system. To learn more about AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, visit http://www.avid.org/.