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Local high schools use an academic program to prepare students for college and life

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Deborah Markos, Principal Logan High School Deborah Markos, Principal Logan High School
La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

An academic preparation program is turning college dreams into a reality for local students.

Empty classrooms and hallways at Logan High School will soon be filled with students ready to start a new academic year. With the beginning of the regular school year comes the expansion the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program.

Now in its second year, AVID provides students with encouragement and skill-sets to help them succeed in the classroom and in life.

Logan Principal Deborah Markos said, "It's been just phenomenal. We have kids that initially wouldn't stand up in front of a group of kids or adults, they didn't want to talk in front of people and I'm in the class a lot and I see these kids that get up in front of the class and they talk freely about what a difference this program has made in their life." 

Writing, critical thinking, note-taking, and other study skills are taught through the program and are proven to aid with retention and higher-level thinking.

As juniors and seniors, AVID helps students learn about the college application process, writing letters and essays, pre-college testing, and applying for financial aid and scholarships.

The program works to include parents in the process as well.

"We invite them to observe, we have a meeting. Then it's their kids telling them, 'Wow, what a difference!' It really makes a huge difference, it's probably, I've been in education for over thirty years and it is probably one of the most successful I've seen," said Markos. 

Last year, AVID reached about 100 students in 9th and 10th grade. This year it will expand to 11th graders as well with plans for a full implementation next year into 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade. 

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