AVID, AP, and IB Programs
AVID® (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a program designed to inspire the average student to choose a college-preparatory path. Beginning with one class at Madison High School in 2005, we now serve 35 AVID classes at 12 sites. In 2009 Madison High School had the first 4-year AVID graduates in the State of Oregon. Portland Public Schools now gives an Honor Cord to each graduating AVID senior.
AP® (Advanced Placement) is a CollegeBoard® program designed to prepare students to succeed in college-level classes. Every spring, AP students are invited to take exams. If a student's score meets certain criteria, colleges may grant college credit. We currently have over 2,900 student enrollments in 27 AP courses in 9 high schools.
IB® (International Baccalaureate) is a college-prep course of study offered in two of our high schools. If a student meets all requirements, he/she may be awarded an IB Diploma. This entitles the student to receive credit at some colleges. In addition to our two authorized IB high schools (Cleveland and Lincoln), we have four K-8 schools (King, Sabin, Skyline, and Vernon) working toward IB authorization in both the Middle Years Program and the Primary Years Program.