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Baird Middle School Named AVID National Demonstration School

Baird Middle School Named AVID National Demonstration School



Baird Middle School has been selected as an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) National Demonstration School to serve as a model for new AVID sites. As a demonstration school, Baird will showcase best strategies used in the kindergarten through postsecondary system that has turned thousands of students into confident, college-going scholars and graduates. 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 more than 4,900 schools in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and 16 countries/territories and impacts more than 700,000 students in grades K-12 and 41 postsecondary institutions.

Valerie Martinez, Baird Middle School’s principal, is pleased that the school was chosen as an AVID National Demonstration School for the second time, noting the impact of the program on staff and students: “It is a tremendous honor to be selected as a continuing “demo,” and we are proud of our AVID program and our school as a whole,” Martinez said. “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.”



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