Advancement Via Individual Determination


VPS AVID program

AVID Elementary offered at:

  • Marshall Elementary
  • King Elementary
  • Roosevelt Elementary
  • Ogden Elementary
  • Harney Elementary
  • Washington Elementary

AVID Secondary offered at:

  • Alki MS
  • Discovery MS
  • Gaiser MS
  • Jason Lee MS
  • McLoughlin MS
  • Thomas Jefferson MS
  • Columbia River HS
  • Fort Vancouver HS
  • Hudson’s Bay HS
  • Vancouver Flex Academy
  • Skyview HS

The goal of AVID is to make college accessible to every student.

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

What is AVID Secondary?

AVID brings research‐based strategies and curriculum to elementary and secondary educational institutions, as well as to higher education. The AVID system provides training and methodologies that develop students’ critical thinking, literacy and math skills across all content areas throughout the entire campus in Schoolwide AVID.

  • Rigorous academic instruction
  • Collaborative tutorial group support
  • Motivational mentorship and college-going culture

The goal of AVID is for students to challenge themselves with rigorous curriculum, join school activities and achieve the goal of going to college. The potential AVID student will attend school regularly, be prepared for class, be self-motivated and be willing to work hard. Students learn to research, take notes and work in groups.

A unique aspect of AVID is the tutorial. Tutors work in AVID classes twice per week to help students in study groups and individually in all academic areas to ensure their progress.

What is AVID Elementary?

AVID Elementary is based on the same learning foundation that underlies the AVID elective. However, whereas the AVID Secondary site is a combined effort of a dedicated elective class and core content-area classes to create a schoolwide impact in middle and high school, AVID Elementary is designed to be embedded into the daily instruction of all elementary classrooms, across entire grade levels, to impact schoolwide structures. It is not intended to be taught in isolation or within an elective setting.

AVID Elementary is a foundational component of the AVID College Readiness System and supports AVID Center’s mission to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and success in a global society.


Courtney YingerAVID coordinator
Heather DeGrandeAVID coach
Lindsey GarciaAVID coach
Eric StanleyAVID coach