College and Career Readiness: AVID, GEAR UP, IB & AP

AVID class at Roosevelt High School.
AVID class at Roosevelt High School. Photos by Katharine Kimball.
Kerri Hughes Roosevelt AVID teacher
Roosevelt AVID teacher Keri Hughes supports students' path to college and career.
2014 Madison Grad
Madison High School Class of 2014.

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 provide the AVID program at 15 schools. In 2009, Madison High School had the first 4-year AVID graduates in the State of Oregon.  In 2013-14, all of the seniors in the PPS AVID program graduated from high school.

GEAR UP® (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federal grant that supports schools to engage students in college and career planning. The grants:

  • Increase academic performance and preparation for post-secondary education;
  •  Increase the rate of high school graduation and college enrollment;
  • Increase students’ and families’ knowledge of post-secondary education options, preparation and financial aid;
  • Increase the percentage of students receiving special education services who earn college credit prior to high school graduation and who graduate from high​ school.

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.

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.

Bonnie Hobson
Director, College and Career Readiness Programs  

Lisa Collins
Program Administrator, College and Career Readiness Programs

Kelley Duron
Senior Manager, GEAR UP/College and Career Readiness Programs