Springfield High School Hosts AVID Showcase

Springfield High School Hosts AVID Showcase
Posted on 12/01/2023
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School administrators and teachers from New Orleans charter schools and the Livingston, East Baton Rouge, and Jackson parish school systems visited Springfield High School in November to learn about its campus-wide AVID learning initiative.

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, and it is an in-school academic support program designed to instill those skills necessary for eligibility and success in higher education.

The AVID Showcase at Springfield High School (SHS) is the first sponsored by the AVID program in Louisiana. It featured presentations and a panel discussion on how SHS is implementing AVID through course electives and a campus-wide integration effort, as well as opportunities for participants to observe classroom activity. Several AVID students also gave testimonies of their improved confidence and academic growth.

“This program is aimed at students who have the desire and willingness to work for academic success, but they may not have the skills they need to flourish scholastically. Many of the students who participate in AVID are from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education or they will be the first in their families to attend college,” SHS Principal Jillian Dupuy said.

Dupuy said the program targets those B/C students who have 2.0-3.5 GPAs who exhibit a willingness to achieve. They may be low income and come from families that do not have a college background.

“This is not a remedial program,” Dupuy said. “These students have aptitude, but they are not yet achieving their full potential, and this program helps us get them there.”

SHS first implemented an AVID elective course last school year for freshman. Those students were required to take at least one Advanced Placement or Honors Course during the year as part of the program.

“Our AVID students collectively improved their GPAs to an average of 3.51 by the end of the fall semester, and then they jumped to a 3.76 GPA average by the end of their freshman year,” Dupuy said.

The program was expanded this year to include a tenth-grade elective course. The school plans to add an eleventh-grade AVID elective class next year and another for twelfth grade students by the 2025-2026 school year.
“This year’s 9th grade AVID class consists of 25 students with 60% coming from homes where their parents did not attend or finish college. Our 10th grade AVID class is made up of 21 students – 65% of them are low income and 71% come from homes where their parents did not attend or finish college,” Dupuy said.

The freshman class focuses on academic success with an emphasis on building skills like organization, note taking, and study habits and a curriculum centered on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading, while the sophomore class focuses on preparing students for standardized tests like the SAT and ACT while cultivating the skills needed to succeed in rigorous AP and/or IB classes during junior and senior years.

Dupuy said the junior year class, when added, will focus on topics like the FAFSA process. Students will research colleges and build a college list and learn how to write a personal statement and resume while continuing academic support. Students in the senior year class, when added, will continue building up their college readiness while supporting the college application process.

Dupuy told participants that her administrative team is also integrating AVID strategies in school-wide professional development for teachers and the implementation of some structural guidelines for better organization.
“It’s important that we equip our students with the skills they need to be successful beyond high school, and this program is helping us develop a growth mindset culture on our campus,” she said.

The AVID program was established more than four decades ago by an English teacher at Clairemont High School in California, in 1980, and today is found in more than 7,500 schools across 47 states and impacts more than 2.5 million students annually. According to a national survey, 72% of those seniors enrolled in the 2021-2022 AVID elective also reported taking at least one course of rigor, and 85% reported plans to attend a postsecondary institution.
The program also boasts college enrollment statistics higher than national benchmarks. First-generation, low-income AVID alumni who go to college are four times more likely to graduate than their national peers, according to the AVID website, www.avid.org.



AVID Showcase-1 – Springfield High School Principal Jillian Dupuy, standing far right, presents the successes of her school’s experience with the AVID program during a showcase sponsored by AVID in November.  Attending the presentation were school administrators and teachers from New Orleans charter schools and the Livingston, East Baton Rouge, and Jackson parish school systems.
AVID Showcase-1 – Springfield High School Principal Jillian Dupuy, standing far right, presents the successes of her school’s experience with the AVID program during a showcase sponsored by AVID in November. Attending the presentation were school administrators and teachers from New Orleans charter schools and the Livingston, East Baton Rouge, and Jackson parish school systems.