Today's Choice for Tomorrow's Future


About AvidEast Ridge Middle School is a proud AVID National Demonstration School since Spring 2014!   We are also an AVID School-wide Site of Distinction.

In 2009, ERMS launched the AVID program with 26 8th graders on one team with one elective class. Today we have 127 AVID students enrolled in six elective courses spanning all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teams.

AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. Established more than 30 years ago with one teacher in one classroom, AVID today impacts more than 700,000 students in 45 states and 16 other countries/territories.

Our Avid Coordinator

Janice Spencer

Mrs. Spencer attended Albion College in Albion, Michigan, majoring in English and Elementary Education. She began teaching in 2006 after graduating college. Once moving to Florida, she started working at ERMS in 2008 and has been involved in the AVID program since 2009.

Mrs. Spencer is the AVID coordinator at ERMS since 2014.  Mrs. Spencer has a passion for the AVID program and building strong relationships with students to help prepare them to be college bound.

In her free time, Mrs. Spencer enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and son.  She also enjoys running in marathons, and visiting Disney World.

What AVID Does

Simply stated, AVID trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

How AVID Works

AVID brings research‐based strategies and curriculum to educational institutions in elementary, secondary, and higher education. The AVID System annually provides more than 30,000 educators with training and methodologies that develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas throughout the entire campus, in what we call Schoolwide AVID.


- Teaches skills and behaviors for academic success

- Provides intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships

- Creates a positive peer group for students

- Develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination

As a result, policymakers and educators now consider AVID's mission to be an essential strategy for closing the achievement gap, making college access and success available to all students.