Award Year: 2021

Avalon Middle School

13914 Mailer Boulevard
Orlando, FL, 32828-4883

(407) 207-7839

Ms. Karen Furno, Principal at time of Nomination

Orange County Public Schools

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To lead our students to success with the support and involvement of families and the community.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • White: 41%
  • Hispanic: 38%
  • Asian: 8%
  • Two or more races: 6%
8th-grade honors science class collaborating on a chemical reactions lab

8th-grade honors science class collaborating on a chemical reactions lab

Avalon Middle School is a high-performing school that is recognized as a School of Excellence by the State of Florida. We strive to meet the OCPS mission and ensure student success with a strong academic program in a safe, caring environment that provides opportunities for all students. All classes emphasize academic skills and support skills such as collaboration, academic discourse, and creativity.

Our PBL Academy provides enrichment for our academically talented students. In addition to college preparation, we also emphasize career exploration through a varied elective program such as Project Lead the Way, which emphasizes STEM. We also have a strong fine arts program that includes art, drama, band, chorus, and orchestra with students in these electives frequently receiving district and state recognition. Our agriscience courses give students hands-on experiences with agriculture. Our school addresses our students' cultural diversity through courses such as Latinos in Action.

Teachers and administrators partner together to build deep relationships with our students to foster a growth mindset. This approach has allowed us to grow and close achievement gaps of our students while stretching learning beyond grade-level expectations. Our student support systems have many layers to help students reach their full potential. Personalized and equitable learning opportunities are provided for all learners to develop skills and achieve content and learning priorities.

Our motto is "The Power is in the Pack." Working together, our students, faculty, and community continue to work toward ensuring that every student finds success at our school and in life.