AVID Demonstration Site

Oltman Middle School in South Washington County School District 833 has been selected as an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) National Demonstration School. AVID is a proven college readiness program in place throughout District 833 that focuses on closing the achievement gap. The AVID College Readiness System helps transform a school’s academic culture to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges and succeed in higher education and training.

Through this recognition, Oltman Middle School is joining approximately 140 other AVID National Demonstration Schools. Oltman was selected through an application process, screening and review, which included a site visit on March 4.

AVID Chief Executive Officer Sandy Husk notes the significance of attaining demonstration site status. “Schools chosen as demonstration sites have proven their ability to successfully implement the AVID academic elective course and take the strategies school-wide to impact all students,” said Husk. “Oltman Middle School was selected as an AVID National Demonstration School because it has implemented the AVID system throughout the school and can serve as a model for new AVID sites.”

Oltman Middle School Principal Becky Schroeder is proud that the school was chosen as an AVID National Demonstration School. “The use of AVID strategies throughout our school has positively impacted students and staff, and we continue to see a more engaged and college-ready student body,” said Schroeder.

The staff leaders critical to the program’s success include the school’s AVID Site Team members: Oltman’s AVID Coordinator Sarah Neitz, Principal Becky Schroeder, Assistant Principal Jesse Hopkins, David Caponigri, Kevin Hagen, Stacy Hinz, Amy Johnson, Amanda Kauth, Jamie Kirchner, Andrea Kleoppel, Kelly Kuhl, Ben Lower, Erin Miller, Dan Murtha, Kim Pilon, Jan Polta, Dayna Rethlake, Kari Rugless, Kameha Schwartz, and Dawn Tipcke.

“It is a tremendous honor to be selected as an AVID National Demonstration School, and we are proud of our AVID system and Oltman Middle School as a whole,” said Schroeder. “Our three-year journey of staff development for teachers, the application process and validation visits, has resulted in classroom environments that focus on higher level teaching methodologies.”

As an AVID National Demonstration School, Oltman Middle School is expected to develop a model program with school-wide participation. With AVID’s proven methodologies used throughout subject area classes, performance levels improve for all students, and especially for those students who are the least likely to attend four-year colleges. Schools from around the world that are preparing to implement the AVID system will visit Demonstration Schools, like Oltman, to observe a highly evolved AVID system.

More information on AVID in District 833 is available on the district’s website under Academics – Teaching and Learning Services.