New “It’s My School” Episode Explores College Prep Program for Elementary Students

Video series shines spotlight on Val Verde Elementary in the Val Verde Unified School District, which has implemented the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program to prepare students for college starting in elementary school.

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) has released a new video exploring an innovative program in the Val Verde Unified School District that prepares students for college starting in elementary school.

“It’s My School Val Verde AVID” was filmed at Val Verde Elementary School, one of the 12 elementary schools in the district to use the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program to help students get organized, concentrate on coursework and stay focused on academic success.

AVID has been recognized for helping a high percentage of high school students enter college and be academically successful in higher education. Val Verde took the next step and implemented AVID at the district’s middle and elementary schools.

“AVID as most people know has had great success at secondary schools, middle and high, but we are seeing great success here,” said Val Verde Elementary Principal Tim Tanner. “I think it is going to give our students more success going forward.”

AVID has also changed the teachers approach their job in the classroom. “It has completely changed the way I teach,” said fourth-grade teacher Cynthia Lee. “The students are organized, they are taking notes. It’s amazing the impact it has had.”

“It’s My School” is a video series produced by RCOE that provides an inside look at the extraordinary people and programs of Riverside County schools—home to more than 430,000 students and 18,000 dedicated teaching professionals. It’s My School episodes are available on demand at www.rcoe.us/its-my-school and on YouTube at RCOEtv1.