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Capital High earns recognition from AVID

SANTA FE, N.M. — In wake of the bad news that came earlier this week that 20 students had been suspended two days for cheating, Santa Fe’s Capital High School got some good news.

Santa Fe Public Schools announced Thursday that Capital High has been re-validated as an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) National Demonstration School.

The program is a kindergarten through postsecondary system that aims to put under-performing students on track for college or careers, according to a SFPS press release. Santa Fe Community College and Engaging Latino Communities for Education have partnered with the school district to support Capital’s AVID program.

While AVID programs are in place in more than 4,900 schools in 45 states and 16 countries or territories, Capital is one of just 145 AVID National Demonstration Schools.

“Schools chosen as demonstration sites have proven their ability to successfully implement the AVID academic elective course and take the strategies school-wide to impact all students,” said AVID Chief Executive Officer Sandy Husk.


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Capital High Principal Channell Wilson-Segura, who served as the school’s site coordinator and elective teacher when Capital was first recognized as an AVID National Demonstration School, said she was proud the program has remained vital over the years.

Toby Wright currently serves as the site coordinator at Capital.

“It is a tremendous honor to be selected as a Demo, and we are proud of our AVID program and our school as a whole,” he said. “The use of AVID strategies school-wide has positively impacted students and staff, and we continue to see a more engaged and college and career-ready student body.”