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Coleman Middle School has been named a National Demonstration School for its Advancement Via Individual Determination program.
The title allows the school to host other districts interested in implementing the AVID program in its schools. AVID is directed toward students that show the potential to go to college, but may not typically choose that route.
"We start kids thinking rigor, we start kids thinking college and we get them ready regardless of where they fall into any of those demographic areas," said Jeff Freund, Coleman principal.
Coleman is one of about 120 schools in the nation to earn the distinction. About 4,500 utilize the program.
Freund credits the faculty involved in the initiatve.
"They impact every student at Coleman Middle School - that's 700 students, along with their siblings, along with their families," Freund said.
Wichita North High School is also a demonstration school.