Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

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


 What is AVID?

 Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a global nonprofit organization that operates with one guiding principle: hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge. AVID’s College Readiness System brings research-based curriculum and strategies to students each day that develop critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas.

AVID is for students who would benefit from a supportive family-like environment and the consistent encouragement to stretch their wings and reach their full potential.

For additional information, check out the national AVID website at http://www.avid.org/

What does AVID look like at Madison?

Madison was the first school in Oregon to have AVID in 2005-6.  We are implementing AVID’s College Readiness System school-wide, which means teachers are using  AVID strategies in all content areas.  The Cornell note taking system is used in multiple classes and all teachers are using Essential Questions or Learning Targets to help students engage in and interact meaningfully with daily lessons. In addition, Madison offers an AVID Elective Class at each grade level.


The AVID Elective Class

Madison currently offers 5 sections of AVID.  In 9th and 10th grade, students focus on academic skills. As students transition through AVID 9-12, the focus moves from high school skills to college and scholarship applications, culminating in full focus on college applications, financial aid, and scholarship applications in 12th grade.


Who is eligible for the AVID Elective Class?

The AVID Elective Class is for students willing to work hard in school and enroll in academically challenging classes such as Advanced Placement and Dual Credit Classes.  They may also be the first in their family to go to college, low income or from ethnic groups underrepresented on college campuses.


The AVID Site Team at Madison

Petra Callin,  Principal

Adam Skyles, Vice Principal

Santha Cassel,   Instructional Coach, 11th grade AVID

Roberta Cooper,   Coordinator, Dual Credit

Amanda Alonso, Social Studies, 12th grade AVID

Alicia Smith, Language Arts, 10 grade AVID

Ben Grosscup, Language Arts, 9th grade AVID

Erin Hale, Counselor

Sue House, Science

Bree Tischleder, Math

Brady Bennon, Social Studies

Jennifer Edelson, ELL