Westminster High School (WHS) has been selected as a National Demonstration School by AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary options.

With this new recognition, Westminster High School joins approximately 150 other AVID National Demonstration Schools and was selected through an application process, screening, and review, which included a site visit. AVID is implemented in over 5,600 schools across the nation, meaning that less than 3% of AVID schools earn the distinction of AVID National Demonstration School.

Joseph Fraser, Westminster High School’s principal, is pleased that the school was chosen as an AVID National Demonstration School, noting the impact of the program on staff and students. “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,” said Principal Fraser. “The use of AVID strategies has positively impacted students and staff, and we continue to see a more engaged and college-ready student body.”

Since adopting the program in 1997, Westminster High School has served Orange County as an AVID pioneer actively committed to student success.