Roseville high and middle schools earn national designation

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Roseville Area Middle School and Roseville Area High School have been named AVID National Demonstration Schools. In achieving this designation, the AVID organization is announcing that RAMS and RAHS are exemplary models of the AVID College Readiness System. The two schools represent the first middle school and high school in the same Minnesota school district to reach this designation in the same calendar year. 

The mission of AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a nationwide effort to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. After being designated “National Demonstration Schools,” other schools from across the state and country will visit RAMS and RAHS to learn how to implement the AVID System.

“It is not about getting accolades, although those are certainly welcome,” explains Dr. Juanita Hoskins, the district’s AVID director. “It is about continuous improvement and constantly thinking about how you can do the best for all of your students.” According to Hoskins, the designation opens up more opportunities for Roseville’s AVID program, provides professional development opportunities for visiting staff and continually cultivates community partnerships.

After implementing AVID, the schools measure the program’s effectiveness through student achievement, school culture, student enrollment in higher-level classes and students demonstrating AVID strategies in their classes.

“This is an exciting and well-deserved accomplishment for the students and staff at both RAMS and RAHS,” says Dr. Aldo Sicoli, superintendent of Roseville Area Schools. “The highly effective process for implementing AVID schoolwide has literally transformed these schools — greatly impacting our students’ opportunities for success.”

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