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National program to help prepare students for college and career success begins at San Marino Elementary

Buena Park, CA, July 11, 2017– With a goal of closing the achievement gap and preparing students for college and career, San Marino Elementary School in Buena Park, CA will start the 2017-18 school year as Centralia Elementary School District's first AVID School. Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, is a national program that strives to prepare young students for college and career. AVID started in a single classroom over 35 years ago, and today is used globally to positively impact millions of students on their path toward college.    

Dr. Omaira Lee, Principal at San Marino elementary, shared that all 3rd through 6th grade students will begin to use the AVID Elementary's systematic approach using Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading strategies (WICOR) incorporated into daily instruction.  "San Marino Elementary looks forward to continuing to raise expectations, rigor, and developing a culture of college readiness," shared Dr. Lee. She added, “Parents can expect to see their students develop a system of organization to keep all relevant school notes in one place.  AVID has proven that when given a system of rigorous curriculum and strategic support, students can be academically successful.” 

This summer Dr. Lee and a team of 11 teachers attended a three-day summer training institute to effectively plan for a successful AVID implementation year.   Along with the support of San Marino’s AVID teacher coach, Mrs. Pat Dawson, the campus teachers are eager to implement AVID and see their students' success grow.   Ms. Norma E. Martinez, District Superintendent, stated that she is "encouraged by the incredible enthusiasm that San Marino's teachers and leadership have demonstrated toward the incorporation of this program.” She added, “Any time teachers show a belief in an instructional strategy, you need to step aside and watch something amazing happen.  I am so proud that San Marino is choosing to be an AVID school!"