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12 SAUSD Scholars Named Among OCDE’s 2023 8th Grade Standouts

Congratulations to all of our SAUSD scholars who were honored this month at the Orange County Department of Education’s AVID 8th Grade Standout Recognition celebration at Angel Stadium! 

Scholars from 12 SAUSD schools were recognized at the May 2023 event.  

In addition, Jaylene Cervantes of Esqueda K-8, was also named an Angels Scholar and will be awarded $10,000 for college by the Angels Baseball Foundation.  

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AVID 8th Grade Standouts: 


Emmanuel Rendon

Advanced Learning Academy


Betsy Perez

Carr Intermediate


Jaylene Cervantes

Esqueda Elementary School (TK-8)


Julia Sanchez Sambada

Lathrop Intermediate


Darlene Castro

MacArthur Fundamental


Luisa Aguilar Cossio

McFadden Institute of Technology


Brenda Escarcega

Mendez Fundamental


Angel Diaz

Lydia Romero-Cruz Academy


David Ramirez

Santa Ana Virtual Academy


Evelyn Garcia

Santiago Elementary School (TK-8)


Andrea Torres

Sierra Preparatory Academy 


Ilene Grajeda

Villa Fundamental


​​AVID is an elective course that combines instruction with tutor-led study groups and motivational activities and academic survival skills. 

AVID students are encouraged to take prep courses in middle school and move into honors/advanced placement courses and/or International Baccalaureate. 

AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and career readiness and success in a global society.

AVID in Orange County was initially implemented in 1992 in one high school. It has since expanded to 250 schools, 132 elementary and 118 middle and high schools from 18 districts. 

Currently AVID serves approximately 30,000 students in Orange County.