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Rea Elementary Thrives as an AVID Certified School
Posted 12/4/18

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) took a bold step to improve student performance by transforming Rea Elementary into an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Certified School. Rea is one of only nine elementary schools in all of Orange County to have this program.

Beginning in 2016, all Rea teachers committed to this mission, attended Summer training and implemented the AVID program with the goal to change the lives of Rea’s students. In just two years, they have seen success.

“We are so proud of our teachers and staff for their dedication and effort to successfully implement AVID at Rea… we couldn’t have done this without 100% of their commitment,” said Deputy Superintendent Chief Academic Officer Russell Lee-Sung.

The AVID program helps schools shift to a more equitable, student-centered approach that focuses on closing the opportunity gap to prepare all students for college and success in a global society. In partnering with AVID, Rea faculty continues to build and foster excellence in the areas of instruction, systems, school culture, and leadership.

“Teaching at an AVID school has united our faculty with a common belief system – setting high standards for our students and prioritizing their success… we strive for them to be confident learners and thinkers,” said 4th-grade teacher, Pamela Eastman.

Rea students develop the practices they will need to be successful in middle school, high school, and college, in an age-appropriate and challenging way. Students learn about being organized, taking structured notes, answering/asking high-level questions, study skills, communication, and self-advocacy.

All Rea students will have the opportunity to continue their AVID education by attending AVID middle and high schools including TeWinkle Middle School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Newport Harbor High School, and Early College High School.