Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

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2735 NE 82nd | Portland, OR 97220
Phone: (503) 916-5220 | Fax: (503) 916-2702

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

AVID is a nation-wide program with a proven record of helping students achieve the dream of going to college. 

Students apply and interview to be in the program, which includes the AVID class for elective credit.  Students are guided to acquire organizational and study skills while becoming 'eager for knowledge' and to enroll in challenging and rigorous courses.  Support is also provided for navigating the process of applying for and to obtain funding for study after high school. 

Madison began AVID in 2004 is proud to be the first AVID school in the state of Oregon.


Parent Tips:  How can parents support success in AVID and in school?


Parents are, needless to say, essential to school success.  This is especially true for students in AVID.  Those who plan to go to college will need study skills in high school and beyond.  While AVID teachers will be demanding at school, parents can help make sure that students are not slipping below the radar when teachers are unavailable.  Here are some specific ways that parents can be helpful in developing and maintaining AVID academic skills.

  • Know their style:  Nobody knows a child as well as a parent, perhaps better than they know themselves.  Consider the environment that works best for study:  bright light or low light, silence or music, alone or collaborative.  Factor the times of day that he or she is most alert, and help them prioritize time to accomplish studying before fatigue sets in. 
  • Time and Space: Provide a quiet time and space away from distractions (siblings, TV, cell phones, video games) if that is what is most effective for him or her.  Or perhaps he or she is least effective when alone?  Perhaps it is better to be at the dining room table where you can see the work take place and help is never far away. 
  • Supervise:  Ask to see your student's binder, Cornell Notes, summaries, etc.  If the binder is not with him or her, that is a major problem already!  Look over the binder.  Check the planner to see if he or she has been daily writing down what needs to be accomplished.  Find out if there are projects coming up that he or she has delayed starting.  Make sure there are not loose papers other than papers that are supposed to be turned in; make sure those are not in danger of being lost.  Don't forget to check the school bag, to make sure that what belongs in the binder is actually making it into the binder!
  • Check grades:  Check the Gradebook online or contact the teacher.  If the grades are low, usually he or she is not doing homework or studies.  Naturally, they will either be unaware or they are hiding it from you.  Of course either way is unacceptable!
  • Encourage:  Sometimes a scolding is warranted.  Most other times people will respond to regular positive feedback.  Look for a chance to praise whenever possible.
  • Contact us:  Every student is unique, and some strategies are well suited for one student and not for another.  Let's work together to figure out the best ways to support the student. 

At some point we hope and expect that students will adopt excellent habits for themselves and require less support.  After all, once at college, we can't do it for them; they must be confident in their abilities.  In the meantime, keep high expectations and encourage, encourage, encourage!