A growing concern with the historic under-representation of students from culturally, ethnically, linguistically, and economically diverse backgrounds in gifted education services impelled Edina Public Schools to take a more comprehensive approach to this issue.
In 2010-2011, Edina Public Schools adopted the Young Scholars (YS) model, developed by Fairfax County Schools in Virginia. Fairfax conducted a study and found the Young Scholar model essential to a continuum of equitable gifted education services.
The YS model promotes the notion of nurturing continuous academic growth beginning in first grade. Early identification coupled with early intervention allow Young Scholar students to receive learning experiences that increase their self-advocacy and the likelihood that they will pursue advanced level course in both middle school and high school.
The long term goal is for YS students to participate and succeed in Enriched and Advanced Placement courses and continue on to higher education.
AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determination
AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system for elementary through higher education that is designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance. The AVID College Readiness System (ACRS) accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional learning, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.
More than 30 years ago, AVID began with one high school and 32 students. AVID now impacts more than 700,000 students in more than 4,900 schools and 28 postsecondary institutions in 46 states, the District of Columbia and across 16 other countries/territories. The AVID College Readiness System spans elementary through higher education.
Although AVID serves all students, the AVID elective focuses on the least served students in the academic middle. The formula is simple -- raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge. What distinguishes AVID from other educational reform programs is its continuous success rate. Policymakers and school administrators now consider AVID an essential strategy for closing the achievement gap and making the college dream accessible to all students.
College Possible is a free program that starts during high school and guides students from low-income backgrounds as they prepare for college, apply and ultimately earn a college degree. During the 2015-16 school year, Edina High School is the site for a College Possible pilot geared toward adapting the program for use in suburban schools. Students were accepted to the program based on GPA, income requirements and an application essay. They meet with a College Possible coach once each week during collaborative time, and have a monthly one-on-one meeting with the coach. They also attend some weekend events during the year as an opportunity to meet other College Possible students in the Twin Cities. Learn more about College Possible.