Garden Grove Unified School District’s Alamitos Intermediate School was named an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) National Demonstration School last week. Less than 200 schools across the nation and a select few in Orange County earn the designation, which signifies exemplary school-wide implementation of AVID’s college readiness systems and strategies.
Alamitos Intermediate is the district’s third AVID National Demonstration School, making GGUSD the first and only district in California to have three National Demonstration Schools. Doig Intermediate School and Santiago High School also hold the distinction, each having passed a “rigorous validation process” so that AVID strategies are implemented at the highest level across all classrooms.
Last week, officials from the AVID Center and Alamitos Principal Christine Pijl made the announcement to a packed multipurpose room of excited students and staff. Alamitos Intermediate is only the ninth AVID National Demonstration School in Orange County.
Officials commended Alamitos for being a model campus for the life-changing impact AVID can have for students when implemented at the highest level. Additionally, officials called the supportive environment provided to students and the professional learning support for teachers among the best they have witnesses during their validation visits.
AVID is offered at the district’s seven high schools and 10 intermediate schools. This year, GGUSD also launched AVID at several elementary schools.
The GGUSD serves most of Garden Grove and portions of Anaheim, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Stanton, and Westminster.