Conway High students ink commitment to education

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - A program aimed at increasing the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges is helping a handful of ninth graders at Conway High School invest in their futures.

Officials at Conway High School said the students will ink AVID contracts during a signing ceremony on Thursday at Conway High School. The AVID contracts will signify the student's intention to invest in their academic futures through the pursuit of higher education.

"AVID is a college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges," Teal Britton, spokeswoman for Horry County Schools, said. "Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served students in the academic middle."

Students involved in the AVID program are enrolled in their school's toughest classes and receive support through an AVID class, according to Britton.

"AVID elective teachers support AVID students by providing academic training, managing their tutorials, working with faculty and parents, and by helping students develop long-range academic and personal plans," Britton said.

Since 1990, more than 65,300 AVID students have graduated from high school and planned to attend college. Of the 2009 AVID graduates, 92 percent planned to pursue higher education.

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