March 18, 2013
Stone Middle School Named AVID National Demonstration School
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Stone Middle School has been named an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) National Demonstration School by the AVID Center in San Diego.  Stone is one of only six out of over 400 Florida AVID schools to receive this honor.  They join Kennedy Middle School and Eau Gallie High School as the third Brevard County School to earn this prestigious title.



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The visiting team was led by Bob Saunders, AVID Director of National Demonstration Schools. Also on the visiting team were Gloria Cox; North and South Carolina State Director, Cathy Simmons; Florida/Georgia State Director, Kelly Zulueta; Florida/Georgia Program Manager, and Bob McLaren; Brevard District Director.

Statements from the team praised Stone for being an established AVID school with a culture of trust embodied by reciprocal learning, nurturing, and leadership among faculty, students, and community. The group also recognized Stone for having “a lot of heart and sense of community,” and an “urgency to learn” as well as bringing the AVID College Readiness System to life thru rigor and high expectations school-wide. The team singled out Brevard County as a leader in the AVID world, modeling exemplary support and resources from the school board, school district leadership, feeder schools, and community. As a result Stone was awarded a three-year AVID Demonstration School validation which is the highest level attainable.

Principal Andrew Johnson referred to Stone as “hallowed ground” where students, faculty, and staff come together as one.  Melissa Grabowski, AVID Coordinator, and the faculty continually expressed their feelings that “Stone Middle School is not a faculty, it is a family.”  This same feeling was reiterated by the student panel that spoke during the visit.

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Attaining National Demonstration School status is no easy task; there are only about 130 Demo Sites out of almost 4900 AVID schools world-wide. Recognition as an AVID Demonstration School is the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and a commitment to education by the entire faculty, staff and student body.

Bob McLaren, Brevard Public School District AVID Director


The AVID program is dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID operates in 47 states and 15 foreign countries at 4891 schools.
The AVID Secondary Curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading. The AVID curriculum is used in AVID elective and in content-area classes in AVID schools.

AVID Demonstration Schools are exemplary models of the AVID College Readiness System demonstrating the very best AVID strategies and methodologies in both the AVID Elective and school-wide college readiness practices. Schools and districts interested in implementing AVID or improving their own AVID program visit these sites to experience a highly successful AVID program.

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