About AVID

  • AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) is an in-school college and career preparatory system designed to assist students in rigorous courses. Its goal is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. In AVID, students learn study skills, Cornell notes, time management, organization, test readiness, critical thinking, writing to learn, and group study skills.  There is also an emphasis on building community. AVID Schoolwide teaching and learning strategies are used in all content classes.

    The AVID Elective is a year-long elective support class for students who are determined to attend college and are “in the middle” academically. With extra supports they receive, AVID students are better able to reach their academic potential.  AVID targets students with a 2.0-3.3 GPAs and seeks out students who may be “first in family” to attend higher education. These students are capable of completing a rigorous curriculum but need support to reach their potential. AVID guides students toward challenging courses, including honors and Advanced Placement classes.



  • Open recruitment for the AVID Elective takes place in the spring.

    If you have any questions about AVID Schoolwide or the AVID Elective, please contact: Helen Cai or Meaghan Reid (503) 844-1070.

    AVID Tutors:  If you are interested in volunteering as an AVID Tutor, please contact Helen Cai or Meaghan Reid (503) 844-1070.

    Volunteer Application: https://volunteerapplication.hsd.k12.or.us

    Applying to AVID:  AVID recruitment and review of applications takes place at RA Brown in the spring.  If you or your child would like to be in AVID at BMS, look for applications in the office starting in February, or contact Helen Cai or Meaghan Reid (503) 844-1070.