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MISD AVID Programs Receive National Distinctions

Five Mansfield ISD schools have received national recognition for being model campuses in the area of preparing students for life after graduation.

James Coble Middle School, T.A. Howard Middle School, Linda Jobe Middle School, Rogene Worley Middle School and Timberview High School have each been named an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction.

AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a nationwide college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges or universities. The program provides educators with proven, real-world strategies to accelerate the performance of underrepresented students so that all students succeed post-graduation.

Schoolwide Site of Distinction is the highest level of certification for AVID schools. It is awarded to schools nationwide that use AVID strategies to support college readiness for all students and have high percentages of students participating in advanced courses and completing college-entrance requirements schoolwide.

Only 6% of schools in the country have earned that designation.

“To have five campuses reach this level of certification with AVID is quite an accomplishment,” said Katrina Mabry-Smith, AVID district coordinator at MISD. “It speaks to the level of commitment each campus has to supporting all students in becoming college, career and life ready.”

In addition to being a distinguished AVID campus, T.A. Howard Middle School and Timberview High School have been revalidated as National Demonstration Schools. The revalidation means the schools remain as exemplary models of the AVID system.

Demonstration schools undergo a rigorous validation process and are required to be revalidated every few years to ensure high levels of implementation. Only 4% of all AVID campuses are demonstration schools.

James Coble Middle School is also an AVID National Demonstration School. The school will be up for revalidation next school year.