Adding another designation to its title of Math, Science and Technology magnet, North Garland High School received a three-year distinction as an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) National Demonstration School. This is the highest honor awarded by the organization and places NGHS in an elite group of approximately two percent of AVID schools nationwide, including O’Banion and Sellers middle schools.
“We are so very proud,” commented Principal Glenda Williams after the announcement. “Students, you may not hear this enough, but North Garland loves each and every one of you. And, while everyone on campus is currently in the limelight, I would like to thank all those before us who helped make this possible.”
Following an extensive application process, North Garland’s announcement came at the end of a daylong site visit from AVID officials. They evaluated the school’s program by observing classrooms, as well as interviewing students, staff and parents.
“We have never seen better tutorials,” stated AVID’s Judy Walker before bestowing the prestigious recognition. “Another thing we called out as a commendation is the expectation that students attend classes of high rigor. Not only are they held to an incredibly high expectation, but they are supported to that expectation as well. AVID is the foundation of this school.”
As one of approximately 140 National Demonstration campuses in the country, NGHS will model best practices for districts interested in implementing or improving their own programs. AVID aims to increase the number of students attending college by preparing them with writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading skills.
GISD currently offers the program at every secondary school and will add new elementaries every year until it is districtwide. Sellers has held its Demonstration status since 2007 and O’Banion since 2012. North Garland will seek another three-year validation at the end of its current term.