The AVID systems at Berkner and Richardson high schools continue to be the paragon for all RISD students.
Richardson ISD began offering the Advancement Via Individual Determination system in 2003. In early November, both high schools were recertified as AVID National Demonstration Schools. This year marks the 10th year for Berkner to celebrate demonstration status and the seventh year for Richardson High School.
This designation means Berkner and Richardson high schools serve as models for other districts around the U.S. interested in learning about the AVID College Readiness System.
“RHS and Berkner exemplify the ongoing pursuit of excellence utilizing AVID as the cornerstone schoolwide and as a catalyst for schoolwide change that ensures college and career readiness for all,” RISD AVID Director Joan Swim said. “The systems we have at these schools shine brightly within the national AVID organization and bring a wealth of glowing recognition to our district.”
During the 2018–19 school year, 93% of RISD seniors participating in AVID completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid compared to 61% nationally. Applying for financial aid is one of the best indicators of whether a high school senior will go to college, according to the national AVID Center.
At 98%, nearly all RISD AVID seniors applied to a four-college last year, and 90% were accepted to a four-year college.
AVID Chief Executive Dr. Sandy Husk said these milestones “reflect Richardson Independent School District’s holistic approach to college readiness — starting with building a culture of high expectations among teachers and students, and including the delivery of rigorous, student-centric instruction that prepares them for college-level work.”