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Albemarle Middle School Participates in College Prep Program

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It's never too early to start thinking about college, and that's exactly what a group of Albemarle County middle school students are doing.

Jack Jouett Middle School is taking part in a college readiness program called AVID, short for Advancement Via Individual Determination. It's preparing middle school students who are potential first-generation college students.

The program gets students ready for more than hard classes; it prepares them for the adulthood that comes along with being in college. AVID aims to teach time management skills, writing applications and essays, and applying for financial assistance.

"The AVID system is focused on what's called WICOR strategies, and so that's an acronym that stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading and so those strategies are infused throughout the school," said Ashby Johnson, coordinator of intervention and testing in AVID.

The students are competing with schools across the country for the chance to be a demonstration school for the program, meaning Jouett would be a model to other schools that want to participate.

They find out April 11 if they have been selected.

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