ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - An Albemarle County middle school is being celebrated as one of the schools in the top 2 percent for a program that gets students into college.

Jack Jouett Middle School was revalidated on Thursday, November 29, for its Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. It's one of only four schools in Virginia to be an AVID demonstration place.

The AVID program helps students at Jouett continue on to higher education.

“Jouett is a model for teaching and learning,” Fatima Parker, the AVID program manager, said.

Past successes demonstrate that the AVID program can help many students pursue their goals.

Some of the first students to participate in the program at Jouett are now in college.

“I got involved with the AVID program when I was pulled into a classroom in 5th grade for students that were excelling in the classroom but their parents did not attend a four-year college or university,” Marquan Jones, a senior at Albemarle High School, said.

Jones is a success story in the making – he’s headed to college next fall, and he credits his first AVID teacher with mentoring him toward a new future.

“Ms. Fatima Parker always instilled in us the Advance Via Individual Determination, and she always highlighted the individual determination part because it’s only you that holds yourself accountable and only you that can make the choices to better yourself and your situation,” Jones said.

Jouett uses AVID teaching methods in all classrooms in order to help all of its students succeed.

“They have strong systems, strong culture, super strong leadership, and strong instructional practices that bring about not just success for the students that are in the AVID elective program but are increasing opportunities for students across the building,” Parker said.

Jouett will continue to stand as an example of new and creative ways to encourage students to go to college through the AVID program.