Academic rigor and academic support help students to realize their academic potential. That is at the core of the Washougal High School AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program.

Sixteen Jemtegaard Middle School eighth graders were officially welcomed into the WHS AVID program at a quick ceremony in the JMS courtyard on June 7 by AVID Counselor Michele Mederos and WHS Associate Principal Michelle Massar.  Each student was required to fill out an application of interest.

AVID is an elective program which offers participating students rigorous class content focusing on areas such as writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading.  Using a team approach to student success, program teachers provide in-class tutoring and building strong student/teacher relationships. The WSD AVID Director is Sheree Clark and AVID teachers are Jason Blaesing and Donna Schatz.

Being a part of AVID also creates a positive peer group for these students and helps them to develop a sense of hope and personal achievement gained through hard work and determination.  At the conclusion of high school, these students will be ready for college or any other post-secondary option they have interest in.