Seven years ago, Red Bank Regional High School implemented a national college preparatory program called AVID (Advancement through Individual Determination) to help students challenge themselves to perform their best academically. All of this preparation has paid off, since all AVID students have taken at least one AP or IB course, the most challenging classes offered at RBR.
This year, the successful program has entered a new phase; one where seniors, who are in the fourth year of the program, lead the important “tutorology” segment aiding the lower classmen.
The program is different than tutoring in the traditional sense. As RBR senior and AVID student, Khalia Smith explains, “When the students have a question, the tutor does not answer it, but asks them questions using their own notes, homework or textbooks. This way we guide them so they can use these methods to find the answers themselves.”
Beginning Tuesday, July 29 and continuing through Thursday, July 31, Red Bank Regional High School will host its sixth annualMaroon and White Team Girls’ Basketball Camp. As many as 200 athletes, representing over 15 high schools, will take part in the competitive sporting event, which also functions as a showcase for east coast colleges. Participating teams are primarily from Monmouth County but also include representation from all over New Jersey, including the state Tournament of Champions winner Shabazz High School in Newark.
According to RBR girls’ basketball coach and Maroon and White camp operator James Young, “The camp offers a great opportunity for high school players to develop and practice their skills over the summer in a competitive environment. It continues to grow in popularity, with the same schools returning each year.
“With the advantage of being one of the only NCAA certified events in the region, students also get exposure for college play and scholarship opportunities,” Young continued. “Over 75 coaches representing over 50 Division I, II and III colleges return every year because they like the format and structure.”