South Washington County Schools

Oltman Middle School revalidated as an AVID National Demonstration School

Photo of students at Oltman Middle School
Oltman Middle School has been revalidated as an AVID National Demonstration School. The school continues to be an exemplary model of the AVID College Readiness System, which aims to improve academic achievement and college readiness for all students through instruction, systems, leadership and culture. The revalidation shows that Oltman’s commitment to AVID implementation remains strong.
AVID is a global, non-profit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap. AVID teaches students skills and behaviors for academic success and helps develop critical thinking, literacy and math skills. 
As an AVID National Demonstration School, Oltman will continue to host schools and administrators who desire to learn more about AVID and instructional best practices. Oltman began implementing AVID in 2010 and became the first AVID National Demonstration School in District 833 in 2015.
“It is truly remarkable the impact AVID trained teachers to have on our students, as well as doing their part to eliminate the opportunity gap,” said Assistant Superintendent Mike Johnson. “The academic tools our students receive will help them to be successful both in and outside of school. Teachers who build such positive relationships with their students and implement AVID strategies into their classrooms have such a positive impact on student engagement and learning.”
The school’s AVID site team supports teachers to utilize AVID methodologies in classroom instruction schoolwide. Oltman’s digital WICOR (writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading) practices and strong relational capacity between students and teachers make Oltman a strong AVID school.