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MEQUON - Homestead High School is now part of the top 2 percent of AVID high schools in the United States by becoming an AVID demonstration school.

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.

As a national demonstration school, administrators and teachers from schools interested in the AVID system can visit Homestead to observe how the school demonstrates AVID best practices.

“At Homestead High School, we are dedicated to ensuring students receive the opportunities they need to prepare for college and careers to achieve post-secondary success,” said Homestead Principal Brett Bowers. “AVID is a proven system that helps us to achieve those goals. The fact that we have been recognized as a national leader is another great point of pride for our school community.”

AVID Demonstration schools go through an in-depth validation process and are reevaluated regularly. With this designation, Homestead is now part of a group of schools "that provide exemplary models of the AVID College Readiness System, which aims to ensure enhanced academic achievement and greater college readiness for all students through the four core principles of instruction, systems, leadership and culture," according to a press release.

“Homestead’s designation as an AVID Demonstration School is a tremendous honor,” said Mequon-Thiensville School District Superintendent Demond Means. “Homestead is a model for both student achievement and college readiness on a national scale. This is yet another great milestone for the school and our district at large, and the credit goes to our teachers, staff members, administrators, students and our AVID site team for making AVID a success throughout the school.”

Beginning in 2011, Homestead began training teachers in AVID policies and practices. The Mequon-Thiensville School District is the first in Wisconsin to implement the AVID system district-wide with policies in practice in all schools, K-12.

AVID was established 35 years ago and is a "global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other post-secondary opportunities," according to its website, www.avid.org. More than 1.5 million students from 46 states and 16 other countries/territories benefit from AVID curriculum.

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