St. Bernard High School in Playa del Rey is taking part in the Achieving Viking Excellence as Scholars (AVEAS) program’s “College Week” from October 12th through 15th, helping to provide a foundation for college success in reading, writing and critical thinking skills.

The effort mirrors the Stanford University Introductory Studies (SIS) program, school officials said.

“The AVEAS components stretch school-wide through restructuring teaching methods and to open access to the curricula that will ensure college success to our students,” Vice Principal Dr. Beth Polito said. “Our students are spokespersons for the ‘hard-work ethic,’ which leads to college completion. They are well organized, diligent note-takers, exemplary models of behavior on campus, and determined to graduate from a four-year college or university, and continue on to graduate school.”

On Wednesday, October 14th the National Preliminary SAT (PSAT) exam was administered to all St. Bernard freshmen, sophomores and juniors. The seniors participated in college application workshops. Other scheduled events throughout the week included college fair days with visits from college representatives.

Culminating AVEAS College Week will be the home football game against Harvard-Westlake High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 16th.