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SISD AVID students outperform students nationally in FAFSA, college application completion, acceptance

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New 2018-2019 data on the Socorro Independent School District’s Class of 2019 graduating students participating in the district’s AVID program shows their success in FAFSA, college application completion and college acceptance. 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, 98 percent of Socorro Independent School District seniors participating in AVID completed a FAFSA application, compared to the national rate of 61 percent. Likewise, 93 percent of AVID students applied to a four-year college, and 92 percent were accepted. Nationally, 81 percent of high school students aspire to earn a bachelor’s degree yet less than 50 percent enroll at a four-year university.

“I commend our AVID students and teachers for their excellent achievement in preparing for and pursuing university and college opportunities,” said SISD Superintendent José Espinoza, Ed.D. “Operation College Bound, our laser-sharp focus on increasing college awareness and activities at all grade levels, is ensuring our students are on a solid path to success after high school. Our AVID program is an instrumental part of OCB and Team SISD that has contributed to our TEA postsecondary readiness distinction and “A” rating and provides our students endless opportunities to excel now and in their future.”

SISD is the first and only large district in the El Paso region to earn an “A” grade in the Texas Education Agency latest accountability ratings. For two consecutive years, SISD is also the only district in the region and one of only three districts in a pool of the largest 50 in the state to earn the distinction for postsecondary readiness at the district level.

“We congratulate Socorro Independent School District for its demonstrated commitment to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to pursue a postsecondary education. The milestones announced today reflect the Socorro Independent 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 Socorro Independent School District's work to ensure all students can reach their full potential.”

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.

Socorro Independent School District joins over 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: www.AVID.org.

Published November 18, 2019

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