AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

What is AVID?

The mission of AVID is to ensure that students who are capable of completing a college preparatory path will be able to do the following:

  • succeed in the most rigorous curriculum,
  • enter mainstream activities in school,
  • increase their enrollment in four-year colleges,
  • become educated, responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.

AVID is about learning to learn efficiently and powerfully. The goal is to help every student become an organized, successful, thinking student who is on a determined path to college.

AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other post-secondary opportunities. Established more than 30 years ago with one teacher in one classroom, AVID today impacts more than 800,000 students in 44 states and 16 other countries/territories.

Click this link for further information about the AVID organization.

School Wide AVID


The educational benefits of AVID are not just for students selected into the AVID program, but for ALL students at Judson Middle School.  As a school, Judson’s mission and goal is that all students are provided a positive and safe learning environment to optimize individual student achievement and prepare students to be responsible citizens.  To do this, many of the successful and effective learning and teaching strategies from AVID have been implemented by all teachers… in all classes… for all students.  AVID strategies that a student at Judson can expect to encounter in any class school wide would include:

  • Focused notes
  • AVID critical reading strategies
  • Philosophical Chair and Socratic Seminar discussions
  • AVID organization strategies and expectations

AVID Elective Class

Students learn about college and what it takes to get there, and everything in the AVID elective class supports this objective.  The major components of the elective class include the following: Focused notes, test-taking strategies, college and career research, study skills, organizational skills, writing skills, research skills, guest speakers, study tips, tutorials, and successful student behaviors.

Enrollment into the AVID elective class (i.e. the “AVID program”) requires an application process that follows specific requirements.  Upon acceptance into the AVID program, students are required to agree, sign and adhere to the AVID Contract, a strict set of academic, behavior, and participation requirements.  If you would like more specific information acceptance into the AVID program, feel free to contact one of our AVID coordinators:                    Genesis Williams  williams_genesis@salkeiz.k12.or.us                                                                                                         Daniel Correa  correa_daniel@salkeiz.k12.or.us

Incoming 6th graders, if you want to apply for the AVID program fill out the application below: