AVID Overview
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a secondary elective class designed for all students, but most especially the least-served students who are "in the middle." Each week, students enrolled in the program receive two hours of instruction, two hours in tutor-led study groups, and one hour in motivational activities and academic survival skills. The goal of AVID is to provide students with high expectations, encouragement, day-to-day help, and a vision of college as an attainable goal.

The Puyallup School District supports the AVID program in 8th grade through 12th grade. The AVID program specifically targets students with GPAs from 2.0 to 3.5; average-to-high test scores; and, of course, those who have desire and determination. Potential AVID students must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • First generation in their family to attend college
  • Historically "least served" in four-year colleges/universities
  • Low income


The mission of AVID is to ensure that all students and most especially the least-served students who are "in the middle":
Will succeed in rigorous curriculum.
Will complete a rigorous college preparatory path.
Will enter mainstream activities of the school.
Will increase their enrollment in four-year colleges.
Will become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.

AVID'S systemic approach is designed to support students and educators as they increase schoolwide and districtwide learning and performance.

Frequently asked questions

  1. How are AVID students selected to be a part of the program? 
    They apply and go through an interview process. 

  2. What happens to students who are not selected for the program? 
    Students who are not selected for the AVID Program may be placed on a waiting list for further consideration in the following year. 

  3. What kinds of things go on in the AVID class? 
    Students work to improve organization, collaboration, inquiry and communication skills. Throughout, students focus on goal setting and college culture as a way to prepare for post-secondary schooling. Also, students get help from tutors and other students through a problem-solving process called "Tutorial."

  4. What is the success rate of AVID students? 
    Over 90 percent of AVID students who stay in the program until the end of 12th grade go on to a four year college. 

  5. Which schools have AVID? 
    Currently, Emerald Ridge High School, Puyallup High School, Rogers high schools along with Aylen, Ballou, Kallas Ferrucci, Glacier View, and Stahl junior high schools host the AVID Program. Potentially, we could offer a program that starts as early as fourth grade. 

  6. How many students are currently in the AVID program? 
    We recently expanded in the middle schools. Approximately 25 percent of our middle school kids are in the AVID program that starts as early as fourth grade. 

  7. Are AVID students required to do more work than the average student? 
    Yes, they are required to do more work than the average student. AVID students are required to take Cornell notes for their academic classes as well as stay organized in planning. Also, students give up an elective to take AVID (which counts as an elective). 

    There is additional homework from the AVID class in the form of projects and assignments. AVID students are expected to take the most rigorous courses possible to be best prepared for college. That means a full college preparation load throughout to be high school that included honors and Advanced Placement classes. 

  8. Do AVID teachers receive special training? 
    AVID elective teachers, site team members, counselors and principals have been trained in the use of AVID techniques. AVID staff development trainings have taken place during AVID Summer Institutes over the last four years in San Diego and Chicago. Those techniques are being used throughout each of the schools. Staff members are charged to supplement regular curriculum with AVID teaching to make AVID schoolwide.

AVID Elementary is in its early phase and is currently implemented in six elementary schools. For more information regarding AVID Elementary, contact the Office of Equity and Achievement at (253) 840-8966.

High school AVID coordinators and instructors

Emerald Ridge High School
Grades 10, 11, and 12
AVID Coordinator: Tawana Bens
AVID Elective Teachers: Katie Aguilar, Mimi Lampert, Abigail Sarno
(253) 435-6300

Puyallup High School 
Grades 10, 11, and 12
AVID Coordinator: Tim Harris
AVID Elective Teachers: Cherokee AinslieJordan CockleAlec Elliott
(253) 841-8711 

Rogers High School 
Grades 10, 11 and 12
AVID Coordinator: Jason Smith
AVID Elective Teacher: Colleen Pancake 
(253) 841-8717

Junior high school AVID coordinators and instructors

Aylen Junior High 
Grades 7, 8, and 9
AVID Coordinators: Lisa Kusche
AVID Elective Teachers: Tony LockettKelly NewberryAmy Poore
(253) 841-8723

Ballou Junior High
Grades 7, 8 and 9 
AVID Coordinator: Jennifer Fox  
AVID Elective Teacher: Jessica Burns 
(253) 841-8725

Edgemont Junior High
Grade 9
AVID Coordinator: Eric Molver
AVID Elective Teacher: David Heagle
(253) 841-8727

Ferrucci Junior High
Grades 7, 8, and 9
AVID Coordinators: Kamrica Ary-Turner
AVID Elective Teachers: Ron BaltazarStephanie Kraft, Victoria Watt
(253) 841-8756

Glacier View Junior High
Grades 7, 8, and 9
AVID Coordinators:  Jack Widmann
AVID Elective Teachers:  Linette Massey, Katie FosnickJason Bellerive

Kalles Junior High
Grades 8 and 9 
AVID Coordinators: Guy Kovacs
AVID Elective Teachers: Kelly GrabinskiThomas Haynes,  Kate Knudson
(253) 841-8729

Stahl Junior High
Grades 7, 8, and 9 
AVID Coordinators:  Karey Richardson
AVID Elective Teachers: Bob BarnetteNaomi Diseth, Crystal Widmann 
(253) 840-8881

Elementary school coordinators

Grades 4, 5, and 6
AVID Coordinators: Abigail ChandlerStephany Brown
(253) 840-8808

Grades 4, 5, and 6
AVID Coordinators:  Lisa RowanJessica Gill253-840-8809 

Firgrove Elementary
Grades 4, 5, and 6
AVID Coordinators: Richard Lasso, Telisa Brown
(253) 841-8733

Hunt Elementary
Grades 4, 5, and 6
AVID Coordinators: Rebecca WilliamsMichelle Zimnisky
(253) 841-8690

Karshner Elementary
Grades 4, 5, and 6
AVID Coordinator: Arturo Gonzalez
(253) 841-8736

Pope Elementary
Grades 4, 5, and 6
AVID Coordinator: Willie Stewart 
(253) 841-8755

Spinning Elementary
Grades 4, 5, and 6
AVID Coordinator: Kari Helling
(253) 841-8742

Stewart Elementary
Grades 4, 5, and 6
AVID Coordinator:  Elissa Dornan
(253) 841-8743

Waller Road Elementary
Grades 4, 5, and 6
AVID Coordinator: Rick Cox

(253) 841-8745

Wildwood Elementary

Grades 4, 5, and 6
AVID Coordinator: Almai Malit-Idler
(253) 841-8746

Woodland Elementary
Grades 4, 5, and 6
AVID Coordinators: Heather McMullen, Janet Wojtala
(253) 841-8747

Related links
To access the AVID application and brochure, please click on the below links:

AVID application (pdf, 8kb)
AVID brochure (pdf, 88kb)
AVID Website