The Ventura Unified School District has released new 2018-2019 data on the success of last year’s graduating class of students participating in the District’s AVID program. AVID is a nationally-recognized program that helps students navigate the college application process, and build the academic and soft skills needed to succeed in college and the workforce of the future.
Last year, 97% of Ventura Unified School District seniors participating in AVID completed a FAFSA application, compared to the national rate of 61%. Likewise, 100% of AVID students applied to a four-year college, and 92% were accepted. Nationally, 81% of high school students aspire to earn a bachelor’s degree, yet less than 50% enroll at a four-year university.
“I am so incredibly proud of everyone associated with the AVID program in our District. The students, teachers, and leaders all deserve our appreciation and congratulations for doing such an amazing job,” stated Dr. Roger Rice, Superintendent of Ventura Unified School District.
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 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 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 Ventura Unified School District for its demonstrated commitment to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to pursue a post-secondary education. The milestones announced reflect Ventura Unified School District’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,” said Dr. Sandy Husk, former school superintendent and CEO of AVID. “We are proud to be part of Ventura Unified School District’s work to ensure all students can reach their full potential.”
Ventura Unified School District joins 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 .