Sweetwater High School Staff Kristian Morris, Sherri Whittenburg, Rebecca Duncan, Tracy Pradon, Ruth Ann Campbell, Jearlyn Allen, and Ronald Morris attend the AVID Conference in Dallas, TX.

Sweetwater High School Staff Kristian Morris, Sherri Whittenburg, Rebecca Duncan, Tracy Pradon, Ruth Ann Campbell, Jearlyn Allen, and Ronald Morris attend the AVID Conference in Dallas, TX.

Sweetwater High School teachers, counselors, and administrators attended the 
week-long AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) training in Dallas, TX. The purpose of their attendance was to help students prepare for four-year college eligibility.  The team was lead by the AVID Coordinator, Rebecca Duncan and Principal, Dr. Ronald Morris.

At the high school level, AVID targets students in the academic middle who have the willingness and drive to work hard in order to achieve their college dreams. The program, founded in 1980 by Clairemont High School teacher Mary Catherine Swanson, challenges students to take high-rigor courses, such as AP® and honors, but provides the academic and social support needed for success. Sweetwater High School has had an active AVID program supporting college readiness for more than six years.

"I was excited to start my new position by learning teaching techniques and curriculum to prepare students for college and careers," said new advanced math teacher, Tracy Pradon. "With more than 35,000 educators across the nation trained, serving more than 1,000,000 students, my role will support Sweetwater High School's vision to become the premier high school in the Big Country!"

Sweetwater High School uses proven practices and strategies to improve student engagement, increase graduation rates, and close gaps in student achievement. As a schoolwide system, AVID impacts the leadership, systems, instruction and culture of a school, emphasizing the academic and behavioral skills that are necessary for success in college and careers. A major component of the system is the AVID Elective class, which places students on a college track and offers support through curriculum resources based on critical thinking, writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading skills. 

"Our high school has been recognized as having one of the top AVID programs in our area," said Coordinator, Rebecca Duncan.  "Sweetwater High School will begin the multi-year process of becoming a National Demonstration Site were schools from across Texas will visit to gain a better understanding on how to increase academic rigor and graduate college-ready students!"