AVID students speak to Crestline/Lake Gregory Chamber of Commerce.
On the evening of February 15, 2018, AVID seniors, Juan and Kailey as well as, juniors Molly and Jade, all from the Rim High School AVID program, took time to visit the February Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting. All students were excellent speakers and were able to share with the group of chamber board members and community participants just how this program has changed their lives for the better.
Spotlight on Avid 11/1/2017 Hear from the student how AVID changes lives.
2016/17 AVID College Tour!
The 5 Day College Field Trip is the high point, “the carrot”, the most anticipated component, the “life changing event” of the AVID program. In 2016 twenty juniors went on this trip and ALL twenty are graduating June 8, 2017 and 18 are going on to attend 4 year universities while two students are first attending Community Colleges with plans to transfer to CA State Universities. These two were accepted into 4 year universities but chose to go to community college first.
At the annual year end AVID Celebration on May 30, 2017 the juniors who went on the 5 Day College Field Trip this school year shared with the audience their experiences at each of the 12 college campuses visited from March 8 to March 12, 2017. On the trip the students heard from their college tour guides about admission requirements, cost of tuition, programs of study available, and a little about social life on campus. Each one of the juniors expressed how much the trip meant to them and how their experiences would help focus their efforts when they begin to apply to colleges in the fall.
The graduating seniors followed the juniors at the AVID Celebration sharing what colleges they would be attending in the fall. Using power point presentations they created, these 20 students each identified how the 5 Day College Field Trip helped them choose the colleges to which to apply.
Every junior and every senior thanked Rim Ed Foundation for giving him or her the opportunity to see these colleges in person, to visit places that they never had been to or even thought about going to, and for opening their eyes to the possibilities that lie in the future.
The AVID Class of 2017 is the largest graduating class in the history of the Rim USD AVID program which began in 2008 with one class of freshmen. The 100% college-going rate for the AVID seniors outshines the rate for the rest of Rim High seniors in other programs.
The AVID teachers carefully researched UCs and Cal. States up the coast and inland to provide the students with an overview of colleges with varying degrees of admission requirements, tuition costs, geographic locations, academic programs, social atmosphere, size of school, and other qualities. Students were given notebooks to take notes about each college and were asked to focus on the qualities that they had thought about over the past few months as being important to them as they decided where they would apply for admission in the coming year.
Armed with their memories of the 5 Day College Field Trip and their notebooks, the juniors are ready and eager to start the application process in the fall. They have confidence in themselves and have the support of their “AVID family” — their fellow students, their AVID teachers, AVID counselor, and AVID administrator.
Here are selected excerpts from some of the other juniors’ essays on the 5 Day College Field Trip.
A.S.: During the progression of the trip I discovered the many options I have after high school. I learned that you don’t need to have 4.5 GPA, be valedictorian, and be president of 50 clubs in order to get into a good university. There are great options out there for an average student who wants a higher education.
M.C.: As a young girl growing up in the foster system I never planned on going to college. I’ve never in my life planned that far ahead. . . . I believed that none of my family made it to college, some didn’t even make it through high school. I began to believe I was never gonna make it that far either. As I went through school I heard of a program that would supposably help me make it that far, AVID. AVID changed my whole outlook on a lot. . . . . Moving from middle school, to a new home in the mountains, to a new high school where I knew no one. All I asked for from my counselor was to be in the AVID program. The first amazing months of freshman year flew by and halfway through the year my AVID teacher started to bring up this fairly new trip, the 5 Day College Field Trip only offered to juniors. At that point in time hearing about all the cool experiences I knew I had to go.
J.A.: Everyday we live on our lives and time passes without even noticing. While time passes, different experiences happen, it can be bad or good. This AVID 5 Day College Field Trip was an amazing experience as an 11th grader in high school. It really made me think of my future and realize the real world . These colleges inspired and motivated to work hard, smart, and different.
A.P.: The five days away from home to visit the different universities is something future AVID students should be looking forward to. Traveling around on a bus with class full of your friends, learning about how to succeed through school is a wonderful thing to come across. These are the times to fine out who you are and what awaits in the future. Knowing what college to apply to is an enormous step in growing, taking on all responsibilities, and challenges that may come. AVID’s college tour is as close as students can get to preparing and achieving through all levels of education.
M.L.: Spending five whole days touring colleges and getting to know my AVID family better was so amazing. I have been looking forward to this since I signed up for AVID in the 6th grade. This was a once in a lifetime experience and there was no way I was going to miss it. It has been my drive to do well in school the past 2 years. I was very nervous to see that this trip was going to show me, was it going to crush my dreams of getting into a great school or was it going to give me hope that I can still get into an amazing school. . . . This trip impacted me so much. It put me in check in the fact that I need to be realistic in the colleges I apply too and want to go to. It really gave me an idea of what environment I want to be in and around. . . . I love that I honestly found myself a little more during this trip, knowing that I get to be more of myself in college make me so excited to go. . . This trip mainly showed me there is a light at the end of this high school tunnel.
Chrome Book Donation to AVID STUDENTS
In the 2015/15 school year, the Rim Educ. Foundation funded 25 Chrome Books to assist AVID students on site to search college resources on their own or working with an AVID counselor. Recently Steve Wallace indicated the Chrome books were being used in his upper level AVID classes routinely for completing college applications. He expressed again his gratitude for this wonderful contribution Rim Educ. Foundation made this last year.
A key goal of the Rim of the World Education Foundation is to increase college enrollment rates among students who traditionally may not have had access to higher education. For a number of years enrollment rates among AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students in colleges and universities have been considerably higher than those for students who do not participate in AVID. Nationwide, AVID students have an 80% acceptance rate to four year universities.
AVID is a proven program that serves 300,000 students in 45 states and the District of Columbia and is in 15 countries. We have fully embraced this proven program here in the Rim of the World School District.
In AVID classrooms throughout the country, teachers and students work together and further the goal of making a seamless transition in to college. To date, 97% of AVID students enroll in college, of those 80% are accepted to four-year universities.
The Foundation is a non-political, non-profit organization dedicated to providing continuing financial support to preserve and encourage educational excellence within the Rim of the World School District. The ongoing work of AVID provides an infrastructure under which students can attain their goal of success in higher education. Here in our community, Rim Ed Foundation has partnered with the Rim High School and MPH Middle School AVID programs to ensure that the students meet or exceed the AVID standard for college acceptance. The continued success of the AVID program is contingent on further funding for the infrastructure and development of the program.
The direct beneficiaries of the AVID program are the students themselves, particularly those sometimes forgotten students who are considered just average. Between the remedial programs for students who lag far behind, and the gifted and talented programs for the brightest children there are those students who perform passably in ordinary classes but, because they do not attract attention to themselves, they are often overlooked. Many of these students hunger for more challenging coursework but fear failure. Their potential is unrealized, but through AVID it is recognized, encouraged and supported.
There are many others who benefit from the results of the AVID program. Other students observe the collaboration, accountability, and self respect prevalent among AVID students. Teachers experience improved morale in seeing substantial improvement in student performance. Parents benefit from improved discipline both academically and socially. Society as a whole gains a group of young adults who are better prepared to participate in and lead their communities. To increase the college acceptance rates among Rim High School graduates, AVID encourages students to enroll in honors and advanced placement classes while providing tutoring and other support, such as note-taking skills, SAT preparation, and advanced study skills that challenge the students and ensure their success. Most importantly, AVID teaches students accountability, in a scholastic setting and the real world.
The AVID program will extend throughout the entire Rim of the World School District, from Crestline to Running Springs, and all mountain communities in between. Although growing stronger every day, the AVID program in ROWUSD is still in its infancy, and is a prime candidate for funding reductions and even elimination in the face of extraordinarily large budget cuts. This makes it ever more important for the Rim Education Foundation to support AVID both financially and otherwise. Budget cuts have created substantial challenges to education as a whole, resulting in decreased opportunities for students to enroll in secondary education. Continuation of the AVID program is crucial to maintaining and improving college enrollment rates.
Rim Ed Foundation collaborates with an array of partners in the community, including Rim of the World School District, PTAs throughout the District, Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce, local Rotary Clubs, as well as parents and other volunteers.