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For the second consecutive year, students in The Colony High School’s AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) program reap the benefits of E-Prep test preparation software thanks to Lewisville ISD Education Foundation (LEF) grants sponsored by Aramark and CoServ Electric.

“AVID is a very important program on our campus,” TCHS principal James Hill said. “It specifically targets students who would be first generation college attendees and offers them valuable support and training.

“We are very appreciative of LEF, CoServ, and Aramark for their generosity,” Hill continued. “The software provided gives our students the opportunity to better prepare themselves for success on the SAT or ACT. If our students are able to increase their scores on these tests, they will have a much greater chance of getting into the college of their choice and potentially earning scholarship money. We are very grateful for the investment in our students’ future!”

The application and selection process ensures AVID students have what it takes to be successful academically. AVID, whose mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society, provides the guidance and tools students need to get to college. One of those tools is a strong score on the SAT or ACT.

“AVID is great even without the software, but this software is one part of what makes the program the best it can be,” AVID participant Carlos De La Torre said. “If you don’t have this part, it’s incomplete and not as strong.”

IMG_20140107_120939-225x300Having taken the PSAT both last year and this year, De La Torre and classmate Sergio Gandara feel like they see the benefit already. “The PSAT seemed a lot easier when I took it this year, as a junior, than it did when I took it my sophomore year,” Gandarra said.

“I think it is because I got to use this program last year as well and I remembered the skills because the videos are well done and professional. The man in them is very good at explaining why an answer is right or wrong, not just telling us that we got it right or got it wrong.”

TCHS is home to approximately 20 AVID students in each grade, ninth through twelfth, for a total of 80 students. “AVID students commit to a rigorous course load that includes Advanced Placement classes such as AP English,” AVID teacher Reesa Wilkins explained. “The test prep program, while aimed at improving ACT and SAT scores, is really cross-curricular in that it assists them with the vocabulary they need for AP English and the reasoning skills needed for testing in other subjects.”

Students in AVID at TCHS recognize the impact AVID and LEF funding have on their future.

“My mom didn’t go to college, but she has a good job and she does well for us,” TCHS Junior Luisa Ruiz said. “From the time I was young, though, I knew I wanted to go to college. I wanted to be a doctor, but now I think maybe I will be a lawyer. AVID is not the reason I have goals, but I do feel like it is what will enable me to reach them. Having this additional tool is a great thing. It’s awesome that we have it.”