Principal's Message

Welcome To Edgewater High School!

How do we get kids to think long term? The idea of deferred gratification is lost on the generation of the 24 hour news cycle, the instantaneousness of Instagram, the constant checking of follow/unfollow on Twitter, the idea that SnapChat disappears in 24 hours.

So, how do we establish benchmarks along the way that aren't too far in the distance that students still see them, but aren't close enough that they are too easy to attain? This comes back to grit, intellectual stamina, and personal discipline. In college, I majored in procrastination. And times haven't changed for our young folks. In fact, it's probably gotten worse with this generation. And it's not their fault. It's environmental. The belief, "if its not happening right now, it doesn't require my attention," is battle educators and parents face daily.

I say all of this because Mrs. Gray, the guidance counselors and I have met with over 100 juniors and seniors who are at risk for not graduating. I ask at the end of these meetings what they would say to freshmen and sophomores who are already behind. And they all say the same thing - "I wish I knew then what I know now." We do our best to establish timelines, reward progress, check in frequently. But we can't get to all of our students as often as we want to.

Spring sports and Prom will be here before you know it. Please know that a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (unweighted) is one of our requirements. This WILL lock in at the end of the 2nd nine weeks which starts Tuesday and ends at Winter Break. Time to start building in time to frequently check in with your student for long term gratification.


It’s great to be an Edgewater Eagle!

Thanks for your continued support!

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Dr Mark ShanoffMark Shanoff, Ed.D , Principal 

Edgewater High School 

"The Pride of College Park and Orlando"  


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