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AVID Students Tour AT&T Drive Studio



The AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) classes recently toured the AT&T Drive Studio located near Georgia Tech. The Drive Studio is AT&T’s research and development facility where they conduct trials on new ways to connect everything, including automobiles to each other via the web.  Referred to as the “Internet of Things”, this represents some of the very latest technology that companies around the world are using or planning to use.

The AVID program is one of the many programs the Riverwood Foundation supports. AVID is a college-readiness program designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. It is already established in many Fulton County high schools, where it has increased both graduation rates and the number of college-bound students.

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AVID Students Visit Colleges to Prepare for Life After Graduation

Over 40 11th grade AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students from Riverwood recently visited Clayton State University and Kennesaw State University for an information session and campus tour. These visits and more are planned to assist these juniors as they begin to think about life after high school and higher education.

Over 80 9th and 10th grade AVID students are also beginning to think about life post high school and plan to visit the University of North Georgia on 10/21.  Like their junior counterparts, this tour will begin to pave the way for planning for college and beyond.

AVID is one of the signature programs of the Riverwood Foundation as is designed to prepare students that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education for success in high school, college and career.


Riverwood 11th grade AVID students tour colleges to begin thinking about their collegiate education. 


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Foundation Sends 10 Teachers to “Teach For Excellence” training and other Training Sessions During Summer 2016


AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) teachers from RICS receiving training this summer.


Teachers at Teach for Excellence Conference in Colorado this summer. All ten teachers were sponsored by the Riverwood Foundation.

The Riverwood Foundation supported numerous Riverwood teachers and staff who participated in a series of professional development opportunities over the summer designed to sharpen skills and better serve Riverwood students for the 2016-2017 school year. Two courses, in particular, were supported including Teach for Excellence and AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination).

Teach for Excellence (TFE) is a nationally based program that brings creative, student-centric learning strategies to RICS classrooms.  Ten Riverwood teachers were selected to participate in a week-long seminar in Colorado were they learned unique strategies and tactics for enhancing the classroom experience.  Historically, teachers who have participated in TFE are among the most well-respected, and highly regarded instructors at Riverwood.

Six teachers from Riverwood participated in AVID training this summer.  AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) is a disciplined classroom structure designed to prepare students that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education for success in high school, college and career.  High school students are selected for this important program based on an application and interview process.

Read the article in the Sandy Springs Patch here reporting on this exciting summer of training supported by the Riverwood Foundation. As always, we thank all who contribute to the Foundation to enable critical training for our teachers to occur.

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Foundation Receives Generous $9000 Grant from the Sandy Springs Society


(L to R): Riverwood Principal, Dr. Robert Shaw; Foundation President, Suzanne Caruthers; Nancy Juneau, Sandy Springs Society member; Buck Jenkins, Riverwood educator and AVID teacher

The Riverwood Foundation was thrilled to receive a $9000 grant in 2016 from the Sandy Springs Society.  Please click here to read the article from the Sandy Springs Patch below detailing this generous donation.

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Foundation Helps Support Riverwood Spanish Study-Abroad Program

The Riverwood Foundation was proud to support one of the Riverwood teachers who served as one of two chaperones for the inaugural study abroad program to Spain last summer.  Read the article as it appeared in the Sandy Springs Patch here.