McAllen High Named A National Demonstration School

McAllen High School has been selected as a National Demonstration School by AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a nonprofit organization that provides educators with proven, real-world strategies to accelerate the performance of underrepresented students. AVID strategies help these students succeed in college, career and life.

The school joins approximately 170 other AVID National Demonstration Schools and was selected through an application process, screening, and review, which included a site visit.

AVID Chief Executive Officer Sandy Husk, PhD, noted the significance of attaining Demonstration site recognition.

“Schools recognized as National Demonstration Sites have proven their ability to successfully implement the AVID Elective course and take the strategies schoolwide to impact all students,” Dr. Husk said. “McAllen High was selected as an AVID National Demonstration School because it has implemented the AVID System throughout the school and can serve as a model for new AVID sites.”

This recognition was established in 1993 with a $250,000 award from the Charles A. Dana Foundation of New York. As part of the AVID Demonstration Sites Network, sites are expected to develop a model program with schoolwide participation.

With AVID’s proven methodologies used throughout subject-area classes, performance levels improve for all students, but especially for those students who are the least likely to attend four-year colleges. Schools from around the world that are preparing to implement the AVID System will visit Demonstration Schools, such as this one, to observe a highly evolved AVID System.

Albert Canales, McAllen High’s principal, is pleased that the school was chosen as an AVID National Demonstration School, noting the impact of the program on staff and students.

“It is a tremendous honor to be selected as a Demo, and we are proud of our AVID program and our school as a whole,” Canales said. “The use of AVID strategies schoolwide has positively impacted students and staff and we continue to see a more engaged and college-ready student body.”

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a nonprofit, proven college-readiness system that closes the achievement gap. Today, AVID is implemented in over 5,600 schools in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and 16 other countries/territories and impacts over one million students in grades K–12 and in 43 postsecondary institutions. The AVID College Readiness System transforms a school’s academic culture to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges and succeed in higher education. For more information, please visit

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