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Lake County secondary schools’ AVID programs begin recruitment for 2013-2014 school year

High and middle schools from Lake County Schools are beginning recruitment for next year’s participants in the Advanced Via Individual Determination (AVID) program.

AVID is a college readiness system offered in Lake County’s middle and high schools. The students accepted into the program are placed into the AVID elective class during the school year to strengthen their skills as readers and writers, critical thinkers, and college prepared graduates. The program provides support, so students can meet high expectations. The key to the program is the “individual commitment” from the students, parents and instructional staff.

An AVID student is in the academic middle, capable of completing a college preparatory path with support. These students often are not realizing their full potential academically. In the identification process a number of criteria are considered, including: state test scores, grades, citizenship, attendance, desire and determination, first in family to attend college, historically underrepresented in four-year colleges, economically disadvantaged and other special circumstances.

“While all of the criteria are considered for acceptance into the program, no single criteria will necessarily eliminate a student from consideration,” said Phillip Pautienus, District AVID Coordinator. “If you believe your child might qualify for this program, or you would like to know more, please contact your school directly and request additional information, such as an AVID application.”

All submitted applications will be reviewed by the AVID site team at each school and selection will depend upon a review process and availability.

AVID SCHOOLS

AVID SITE COORDINATORS

CONTACT

Carver Middle

Jamie Covington

352-787-7868

Clermont Middle

Amy Bartek

352-243-2460

East Ridge High

Paul Wheeler

352-242-2080

East Ridge Middle

Kelly Cousineau

352-536-8020

Eustis High

Kathleen Cassanello

352-357-4147

Eustis Middle

Erin Porter

352-536-8020

Gray Middle

Amy Eustice

352-429-3322

Lake Minneola High

Gina Paul

352-394-9600

Leesburg High

Lee Fox

352-787-5047

Mount Dora High

Natalie Shaffer

352-383-2177

Mount Dora Middle

Karen Hart

352-383-6101

Oak Park Middle

Abigail Crosby

352-787-3232

South Lake High

Donna Jesaitis

352-394-2100

Tavares High

Ed Jones

352-343-3007

Tavares Middle

Kelly Cook

352-343-4545

Umatilla High

Holly Ryan

352-669-3131

Umatilla Middle

Karen Hogshead

352-669-3171

Windy Hill Middle

Angela Rangel

352-394-2123