Riverside’s Ramona High School AVID Program Nationally Recognized
(This article contains excerpts from rusdlink.org)
Ramona High School’s AVID program is celebrating its 25th year of helping students thrive in preparation for higher education. What is AVID? Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. The mission of AVID is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID is now in 47 states in 4700 schools across the country. The Ramona High School AVID program was recently named one of the top five programs in the nation for its success, and has been a National Demonstration program for the last 18 years.
The success of Ramona High’s program can be measured by the college acceptance rate, the quality of the universities where students are accepted and the retention rate at the colleges their students attend. In the last ten years, Ramona High’s college acceptance rate for the 830 seniors has been 98%. The retention rate at the colleges they attend is about 80%. Accompanying their impressive graduation rate, students of Ramona High School have been accepted at UC Berkeley, UCLA, MIT, Duke, USC, Claremont Colleges, WPI, and all the UC and CS universities.
A typical week in AVID includes tutorial days on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are 15 college tutors that work with the students in inquiry based tutorials. Throughout the week, tutors work with students to utilize reading strategies, read and build vocabulary, and develop writing skills. Every class does college test prep, either for the PSAT or SAT. In addition, all of Ramona High’s students learn about A-G requirements, college entrance requirements, information about financial aid, and attend college field trips. The senior year students actually fill out college applications, apply for scholarships, and complete the FAFSA in their AVID class.
Learn more about Ramona High School’s AVID program.