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Humble Middle School is named an AVID National Demonstration School


Members of the AVID National Validation Team named Humble Middle School an AVID National Demonstration School on Feb. 9. This honor is earned by less than 2 percent of schools with AVID programs.


With almost 5,000 AVID campuses in the nation, Humble Middle School is among just 28 Demonstration schools in Texas. Humble ISD is proud to now have two Demonstration Schools. Timberwood Middle School earned the distinction in 2014.


As an AVID National Demonstration School, Humble Middle School will be visited by schools across the region that wish to model their AVID program.


This honor is a culmination of an 18-month application process. The requirements are extensive and include having 10 percent of the student population enrolled in AVID and implementing college readiness strategies schoolwide. Also, 70 percent of eighth grade AVID students must be on track to complete Algebra I. That requires they start honors math in the sixth grade.


“The process required a lot of intentional planning,” Henry Phipps, Humble Middle School Principal, said. “Thankfully, we have the best teachers, students and parents at HMS. I’ve known this for years. This distinction just shines a light on how hard everyone is working.”


"Evaluators were impressed by how well our students were able to articulate what they were learning and why those skills were important," Phipps said." They also spoke about the HMS community, and how evident it was that all stakeholders were deeply invested in our students."


AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.


“Humble Middle School is an exemplary model of all our great AVID programs and its ability to enhance instruction across our campuses,” Sally Wagner, Humble ISD AVID Facilitator, said. “AVID’s rigorous nature empowers students by helping them form positive habits for college and beyond. It’s more than a banner in a hallway, but the belief system that our students can and will be successful.”