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East High School’s AVID College Prep Program Recognized as National Model

East High Validated as National AVID Demonstration School

The Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) announced today that East High School has been validated as a National AVID Demonstration School, a distinction given only to the top 2% of schools implementing the college prep program across the country. East High will now serve as a national teaching and learning center for the implementation of AVID.

“Not only is East High’s AVID/TOPS program making a difference for our students, but it is also a national model for success,” Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said. “Congratulations to the staff and students at East and our partners at the Boys & Girls Club who have made this program successful.”

AVID or Advancement Via Individual Determination is a college readiness system that includes an elective course focused on organizational strategies, study skills, critical thinking, tutorial support, and career and college awareness. In MMSD, AVID is partnered with the Teens of Promise (TOPS) program through the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County. TOPS provides full-time student coordinators in each of the four high schools, summer internships, after-school mentors, funding for more than 40 tutors during the elective course, and a variety of college and career field trips.

Students in the AVID/TOPS program in MMSD are achieving higher GPAs, enrolling in more advanced placement courses, and scoring higher on tests, according to a recent analysis of the programs provided by the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE).

“It is a tremendous honor to be selected as a demonstration school,” East High Principal Mary Kelley said. “We are proud of our AVID/TOPS program and our school as a whole. Our mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and career, and AVID/TOPS has been critical in helping us move forward. I’d like to thank the Boys & Girls Club for being such a valuable component in this successful program.”

The partnership between the Boys & Girls Club and MMSD is not only unique among the 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide, but it is also the only such partnership for AVID implementation in districts across the country.

“We are honored to partner with the district for the AVID/TOPS program,” Michael Johnson, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County said. “This partnership and program plays an instrumental role in the lives of so many young people, and being a demonstration site will help other communities across the country learn from our collective work.”