Sandalwood High School recognized nationally for its AVID college readiness program

April 14, 2023 – Congratulations to Sandalwood High on being recertified as an AVID National Demonstration School, making them the only high school in Northeast Florida to receive this distinction. 

AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a national college readiness program that uses research-based strategies and course work to equip students with academic and life skills.

“We are incredibly proud to have received the AVID National Demonstration School title,” said Dr. Saryn Hatcher, principal of Sandalwood High. “It is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our staff and students in creating an academic culture that supports college readiness for all students.” 

Sandalwood has about 350 students currently participating in the program. The school, which is in its 15th year in the program, was previously recognized as an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction.

To earn the AVID National Demonstration School title, schools must go through a rigorous recertification process every three years to prove that they are implementing the AVID college and career readiness strategies school wide.  There are only 216 AVID National Demonstration Schools across the country. For more information on AVID and the AVID College and Career Readiness System, visit

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