Seven North Springs Freshmen Academy teachers attended the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Institute’s summer training in Tampa, Florida. From left Andrea Prittchett, Kelly Olson, Brittany Gregory, Christine Pekatos, Stephanie Peet, Mary Hobby, Quinton Hunt and Principal Scott Hanson.

Seven 9th grade North Springs Charter High School teachers were able to attend an institute’s summer training course with financial assistance from a grant awarded by the Sandy Springs Society, the school announced Aug. 25.

The charitable organization, which gives out several grants each year to local organizations, awarded the school $9,300 to attend the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Institute’s summer training in Tampa, Florida. Principal Scott Hanson and Assistant Principal Dr. Mulanta Wilkins also attended, and they will use the experience to guide the creation of the school’s “Freshmen Academy,” according to the release.

“Our Freshmen Academy is designed to be a smaller learning community with specially selected teachers, trained to provide a strong foundation of support for our 9th grade students to be successful their freshman year and throughout high school – and that’s what AVID’s proven practices are all about,” Hanson said in a press release.

They also observed best teaching practices and learned some AVID strategies to use at the academy, Wilkins, who leads the Freshmen Academy, said in the release.

This is the fourth grant the school has received from the Sandy Springs Society in the past four years, according to the release. Previous grants were given for science testing equipment, student response systems for math classes and to help fund a music technology classroom and recording studio for the music magnet and after school programs, the release said.

“This year’s grant for AVID training and implementation of AVID strategies is so valuable because it benefits not only our newest Spartans but future Spartans as we continue to build on this model of student success,” Hanson said in the release. “We greatly appreciate the Sandy Springs Society for their financial support and the Spartan Nation Foundation for their help writing the grant.”