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Welcome to AVID at St. Helens High School

AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness program that equips students with the necessary tools and skills needed to successfully enter and persevere a rigorous post-secondary education or career pathway.

The mission of Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)  is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for career and college readiness and success in a global society.

AVID College of Dreams at SHHS

At St. Helens High School, our goal is to ensure that all students leave high school fully prepared to achieve their desired college or career path. To achieve this goal, students are selected for the AVID Elective, a four-year elective course designed to build strong academic skills, provide social support, and ensure that students are ready and motivated to pursue rigorous post-high school pathways, whether that be through college or continuing education in a specific career field.

At SHHS, AVID students are taught organizational strategies and study skills, use collaboration to solve problems and receive help with college admissions, career pathway planning, and preparatory tests.  Our AVID students and staff strive to create a close-knit, supportive community that helps our students build a strong foundation for their future academic, professional, and personal success.

AVID Selection Criteria

AVID students apply and/or are nominated for the AVID program. Criteria include:

  • Students with Academic Potential
    • Average to high test scores
    • 2.0-3.5 GPA
    • College/Career potential with support
    • Desire and determination
  • Meets one or more of the following criteria
    • First to attend college
    • Historically underserved in four-year college
    • Low income
    • Special Circumstances
    • “AVID Heart”
  • AVID Application

AVID Parents

Typical AVID Student Schedule
AVID students are enrolled in the AVID elective class during their regularly scheduled school day. Approximately 40% of their class time in the AVID elective is dedicated to tutorial sessions, where students work in small groups and paid tutors to clarify areas of confusion in their other classes. Many AVID students take Advanced Placement(AP) and/or Honors classes to push their learning and prepare for the rigors of college or career training.

How are students selected for AVID?
Using the AVID criteria, the SHHS AVID Site Team will recruit and go through the selection process in the Spring. If you have additional questions regarding the selection process, please contact Jessica Blount at 503-397-1900 x7495 or Kimi Ross at 503-397-1900 x7410. 

Content Teachers

 AVID Fine Arts  Eric Stearns, Elise Marinkovich
 AVID Language Arts  Jessica Blount, Chelsa Anderson, Kyle Brayton,  Carrie McCallum, Naomi Reedy
 AVID Science  Brian Dickerson, Andrew Coffin
 AVID Social Studies  Jared Phillips, Sydney Cave, Keith Meeuwsen
 AVID Math  Awen Gatten, Troy McNeil
 AVID PE  Miranda Little, Matthew Lokken
 AVID World Language  Joe, Osorio
 AVID CTE  Bonnie Adams, Rachael Sara, Amelie Rousseau
 AVID SpED  Tamera Lewno, Mark McQueen