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Nicollet Middle School revalidated as a National Demonstration School 

Nicollet Middle School revalidated as a National Demonstration School 

Nicollet Middle School has been revalidated as an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) National Demonstration School. Revalidation signifies that the school is an exemplary model for successfully implementing AVID strategies and curriculum to support students in achieving academic and personal success. 

National Demonstration Schools are considered to be in the top 5% of schools using AVID in their learning. Nicollet first attained Demonstration School status in 2015.

AVID is a college prep program designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges and improve college readiness for all students, especially those groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

Demonstration Schools undergo a rigorous, multi-step validation process and are required to be revalidated every few years to ensure high levels of implementation, with quality and fidelity to AVID strategies schoolwide.

“Being nationally recognized as an AVID Demonstration School lets everyone know that our school has an AVID program that meets or exceeds the organization's standards for college readiness,” said Amy Smalley, AVID coordinator at NMS. “Revalidation ensures that the curriculum and methods being used in our schools are updated to meet current industry requirements and prepares students for success.”

The AVID program in One91 has grown and evolved over the years, with elective classes expanding to all middle and high school grades, as well as the implementation of schoolwide strategies. AVID has had a positive impact on students, both academically and socially. AVID helps students develop the skills and mindset needed for success in high school, college and beyond. The program has also brought staff together as a community, working collaboratively to support student learning and growth.

“Implementing AVID in all four of our secondary schools has had a significant impact on our students,” said Assistant Superintendent Chris Bellmont. “They are more engaged in their classes and are better prepared for college and career success. Teachers who have received AVID training have the tools and strategies to better support their students and create a more equitable learning environment. Our community has also benefited from AVID, as it helps to close achievement gaps and creates a culture of high expectations and achievement for all students.”

AVID aligns closely with District 191’s mission and beliefs, with a shared focus on equity, excellence and student empowerment. 

“We are proud to be an AVID district and will continue prioritizing this program in our schools,” said Bellmont. 

A ceremony will be held at Nicollet Middle School on May 9 at 2:45 p.m. to celebrate the school’s revalidation.