McKINNEY (Oct. 23, 2014) — Officials from AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) headquarters in San Diego visited McKinney North High School on Wednesday, Oct. 8 as part of the school’s scheduled AVID Demonstration School “revalidation” process. After a day of observation, interviews and evaluation, McKinney North High School received the news that they had earned the honor of serving as an AVID Demonstration School for another three years – the highest possible revalidation status.

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a national college-readiness system designed to prepare students for four-year college eligibility. AVID students are enrolled in a school’s advanced classes and attend an academic elective class – called AVID – taught within the school day by a trained AVID teacher.

The Demonstration School designation is one that is bestowed on only about 5 percent of AVID campuses, and those campuses play a vital role in helping schools nationwide who are interested in starting their own AVID program or who may be struggling with implementation of the program already in place.

While attaining National Demonstration School status is no easy task – there are only about 125 of them worldwide – McKinney ISD boasts three: McKinney North High School, Evans Middle School and Scott Johnson Middle School. Each must undergo revalidation on a 1-3 year timeline determined by the validation team.

“Qualifying as a Demonstration School through the initial validation process is a tremendous challenge,” said Marita Cleaver, McKinney ISD Coordinator for Advanced Academics. “But, maintaining those high standards through the course of successful revalidation can be even more challenging and represents an outstanding accomplishment.”

Implementing a successful AVID program is a team effort that requires dedication and a coordinated effort from every student, teacher and administrator involved. The results can be life-changing.

“Every day, AVID teachers and supporters are making a huge difference in the life of each AVID student in McKinney ISD,” Cleaver said. “Their dedication, unwavering support and tenacity to demand the best of our kids is second to none. They are cheerleaders, guides and great believers in our students and their potential. Their mission is to tap those resources and help uncover talents and skills the students did not know they had in them. Thanks to them, leaders are born and dreams become reality.”

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One of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, the McKinney Independent School District currently enrolls more than 24,750 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, four alternative schools and one early childhood education school. The mission of McKinney ISD, the champion for progressive learning throughout the diverse McKinney community, is to inspire and equip all students to explore, develop and express their unique potential as innovators, critical thinkers and collaborators through challenging, engaging and diverse learning experiences in vital partnership with the community. Visit the district's website at