Irving ISD AVID is leading when it comes to preparing students for college.
AVID is a nationally-recognized program that helps students navigate the college application process and build the academic and social skills needed to succeed in college and the workforce. Data from AVID from the 2018-2019 school year shows that AVID students in Irving ISD outperform students nationally in FAFSA and college application completion as well as college acceptance.
See below for data on the success of last year’s graduating class of Irving ISD students participating in the district’s AVID program.
Last year, 96 percent of Irving ISD seniors participating in AVID completed a FAFSA application, compared to the national rate of 61 percent. Likewise, 90 percent of Irving ISD AVID students applied to a four-year college, and 84 percent were accepted. Nationally, 81 percent of high school students aspire to earn a bachelor’s degree yet less than 50 percent actually enroll at a four-year university.
Research shows that applying for financial aid is one of the best predictors of whether a student will enroll in college. Through the AVID program, the district hosts regular FAFSA application nights and provides dedicated in-school time for students to work with teachers and staff to complete their applications, providing them with better insight into the financial resources available to them.
“We congratulate Irving Independent School District for its demonstrated commitment to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to pursue a post-secondary education,” says Dr. Sandy Husk, former school superintendent and CEO of AVID. “The milestones announced today reflect Irving ISD’s holistic approach to college readiness — starting with building a culture of high expectations among teachers and students, and including the delivery of rigorous, student-centric instruction that prepares them for college-level work. We are proud to be part of Irving ISD’s work to ensure all students can reach their full potential.”
Irving ISD joins more than 7,000 K-12 schools and districts across 47 states that partner with AVID to build a safe and open culture, high expectations for teachers and students, and collaboration in all classrooms. To learn more, visit www.AVID.org.