Newell Barney Middle School named AVID national demonstration school

The electronic sign on the Newell Barney Middle School campus thanks teachers on a daily basis. (File photo)

Newell Barney Middle School in the Queen Creek Unified School District on Jan. 22 was named an AVID national demonstration school.

Advancement via Individual Determination is a college-readiness system that aims to incorporate best-practice teaching strategies for teachers and students. Of the 180 AVID sites in Arizona, Newell Barney is one of just three middle schools to receive this distinction, according to a release.

“Newell Barney Middle School is thrilled to be selected as an AVID National Demonstration School,” NBMS Principal Denise Johnson said in the release.

“We want to thank the staff and students who have embraced the AVID program and strategies the last four years. The AVID culture on our campus is due to the hard work and dedication of the staff as they continue to focus on developing authentic relationships with all students. The staff believes in our students and they create a safe environment so that students can work at their full potential.”

AVID national demonstration schools are centers of teaching and learning that also serve as models for those interested in learning about the AVID college-readiness system.

“A national demonstration school exhibits a college-readiness system that is evident across the campus through rigor and high expectations for all students. These schools clearly demonstrate an ongoing pursuit of excellence to ensure college and career readiness for all students and improve academic performance for students based on increased opportunities and support for success,” according to the release.

Dr. Perry Berry

“NBMS exemplifies high expectations and a successful school-wide approach to quality instruction, goal setting, and career exploration for all students,” Superintendent Dr. Perry Berry said in the release. “I am proud of our entire staff, student body, and parents for embracing this college readiness system for all students.”

Demonstration schools undergo a rigorous validation process and are required to be re-validated every few years to ensure high levels of implementation, with quality and fidelity to AVID strategies school-wide, according to the release.

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