• Welcome to AVID at St. Helens High School!

    AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness program that equips students with the necessary tools and skills needed to successfully enter and persevere a rigorous post-secondary education or career pathway.

    The mission of Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)  is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for career and college readiness and success in a global society.

    At St. Helens High School, we are dedicated to the mission that all students leave high school prepared for whatever college or career they wish to pursue. To do this, a self-selected group of students is admitted to the AVID Elective, a four-year elective course focused on building solid academic skills and providing social support and ensuring that students have prepared for and applied themselves to rigorous post-high school pathway, whether that be via college or continuing education in a career field.

    AVID College of Dreams at SHHS

  • At SHHS, AVID students are taught organizational strategies and study skills, use collaboration to solve problems and receive help with college admissions, career pathway planning, and preparatory tests.  Our AVID students and staff strive to create a close-knit, supportive community that helps our students build a strong foundation for their future academic, professional, and personal success.

    AVID Selection Criteria

    AVID students apply and/or are nominated for the AVID program. Criteria include:

    • Students with Academic Potential
      • Average to high test scores
      • 2.0-3.5 GPA
      • College/Career potential with support
      • Desire and determination
    • Meets one or more of the following criteria
      • First to attend college
      • Historically underserved in four-year college
      • Low income
      • Special Circumstances
      • “AVID Heart”
    • AVID Application


    AVID Parents

    Typical AVID Student Schedule
    AVID students are enrolled in the AVID elective class during their regularly scheduled school day. Approximately 40% of their class time in the AVID elective is dedicated to tutorial sessions, where students work in small groups and paid tutors to clarify areas of confusion in their other classes. Many AVID students take Advanced Placement(AP) and/or Honors classes to push their learning and prepare for the rigors of college or career training.

    How are students selected for AVID?
    Using the AVID criteria, the SHHS AVID Site Team will recruit and go through the selection process in the Spring. If you have additional questions regarding the selection process, please contact Jessica Blount at 503-397-1900 x7495 or Kimi Ross at 503-397-1900 x7410. 

      AVID Student Resources

    AVID Site Team Staff

    Darcy Soto
    District Director

    Jessica Blount
    Site Coordinator

    Kimberly Ross
    AVID Counselor

    Carissa Chism
    College & Career Coordinator

    AVID Elective Teachers

    Class of 2022: Chelsa Anderson
    Class of 2023/4: Ben Bruhn
    Class of 2025: Eric Stearns

    AVID Criteria & Application

    AVID Application

    AVID Brochure

    AVID Website

     AVID Dream at SHHS

  • Content Teachers

    AVID Music Eric Stearns
    AVID English Jessica Blount, Chelsa Anderson, Kyle Brayton, Carrie McCallum
    AVID Science John Prunty, Brian Dickerson, Andrew Coffin
    AVID Social Studies Jared Phillips, Ben Bruhn
    AVID CTE Bonnie Adams, Rachael Sara, Amelie Rousseau
    AVID SpED Tamera Lewno, Mark McQueen