• Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

    AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. No matter what post-secondary path high school graduates choose, students must develop certain essential skills to design their own futures: critical thinking, collaboration, reading, writing, and relationship building. The development of these skills is rooted in belief in self. If students believe they are capable, there is a foundational confidence to learn and a resiliency to overcome setbacks.

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  • AVID
    - Advancement Via Individual Determination

    PPS is proud to have 37 AVID  schools for the 2019 - 2020 school year with support from the Nike School Innovation Fund and the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation.

    The AVID program began in PPS in 2004 at Madison High School, which was also the first AVID school in the state of Oregon becoming certified in 2005.

    AVID Elementary

    • Based on the same learning foundation that underlies AVID Secondary, AVID Elementary is designed to be embedded into the daily instruction of all elementary classrooms, across entire grade levels, to impact schoolwide structures.

    • Like AVID Secondary, AVID Elementary Essentials focus on the four necessary areas to ensure that all students are poised for academic success: Instruction, Culture, Leadership, and Systems.


    AVID Secondary

    • AVID Secondary (grades 6-12) is an essential component of the AVID College Readiness System and is designed to enable schoolwide implementation of AVID’s proven instructional methodologies and content area best practices to improve outcomes for all students.

    • AVID Secondary goes beyond the AVID Elective course to affect an entire campus or district by creating a college-going culture that increases the number of students who enroll and succeed in higher education and their lives beyond.

    • 99% of students in the AVID Elective course graduate high school on time AND continue on to college.  (Based on the three schools, Cleveland, Madison and Roosevelt, that have graduated a cohort.)


    AVID Resources for Parents


    Interested in being an AVID tutor? 

    • Tutors are needed in schools throughout the district.  Gain classroom experience while working a flexible schedule.  For further details, click here.   To apply, click here and search for AVID.

AVID Contacts

Gretchen Schlag
Director of AVID and AP
(503) 916-3216
Tania Carrasco
Business Operations Analyst
(503) 916-3513
Heidi Earle
Elementary/K-8 TOSA
(503) 916-3332
Jamie Suehiro
Middle and High School TOSA
(503) 916-5280


    AVID in PPS in the news! 

    Madison High Recognized for Work with AVID


      Sophomores presenting University Research Project

    Freshmen presenting their University Research Project at Madison's Family Night. 


    Sophomores Presenting University Research Project Sophomores presenting their University Research Project at Madison's Family Night. 

    Where the students are going to college

    College Signing Day at Roosevelt High School

     AVID Success stories show that hard work pays off

      AUDIO From the StoryCorp

    "Hard Work Pays Off"