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Posted: Saturday, February 6, 2010 12:00 pm | Updated: 9:18 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

By Todd Martin

Special to the Daily Herald

Killeen High School is among the elite 3 percent of AVID schools worldwide, a national leader for the educational organization said.

The school renewed its status this year as a national demonstration school for Advancement Via Individual Determination following a site visit Tuesday.

Three national AVID leaders visited Killeen High School to ensure it is embracing the program's strong college and work force preparation techniques throughout the campus.

Dr. Dennis Johnston, national director for data and accountability for AVID, said Killeen High uses the program strategies in high proportion and would continue to serve as a bright light globally for AVID.

The program for fourth- through 12th-graders, which is moving into the college ranks, prepares students for higher education and beyond through tutoring and skills such as organization and note taking. Students learn time management and get help with their academics.

Killeen High School has been an AVID national demonstration site since 2006. It's one of 130 demonstration sites in a program that reaches 4,000 schools and touches 400,000 students throughout Department of Defense schools in Europe and Australian schools.

Killeen High School is also part of AVID's School Wide Initiative, which encourages schools to take the philosophies throughout the campus, making it an incubator of college and workplace readiness.

Johnston credited principal Mike Sibberson's advocacy in urging faculty members to take advantage of AVID's summer institutes.

Johnston, as well as executive vice president Rob Gira and national director of post secondary programs Eileen Friou, met with KHS leaders and visited classrooms to observe tutoring sessions and visit with students and teachers.

At times, Johnston asked students to show him their binder to see their efforts at organization and note taking.

"The commitment is here," he said. "The data collected supports the good work going on here. Students are being prepared to be lifelong learners."

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