Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien,WA 98166

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. Established more than 35 years ago with one teacher in one classroom, AVID today impacts nearly 1.5 million students in 46 states and 16 other countries/territories. 

AVID is...

  • Research-based, with proven results of student achievement
  • A direct support structure for first-generation college-goers
  • A catalyst for systemic reform and change

In Highline, AVID is an elective class that students can join in middle and high school.


  • Teaches skills and behaviors for academic success
  • Provides intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships
  • Creates a positive peer group for students
  • Develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination


In Highline Public Schools, AVID:

  • Serves high-potential, low-income and first generation students through an elective class
  • Requires that students also take at least one AP or IB course
  • Includes an intensive tutoring program that supports students in their rigorous academic courses
  • Provides students with skills around organization, studying and critical thinking 
  • Builds a community of peer support
  • Engages students in college campus visits and planning around postsecondary options 

The following schools have the AVID program:

  • Highline High School
  • Tyee High School
  • Pacific Middle School

All students at these schools are encouraged to participate in AVID. If you are interested in AVID for yourself or your child, please contact your school's counselor. 


Nationally, AVID students are more likely than their peers to successfully complete rigorous academic courses, with more than 73% of AVID seniors taking at least one higher-level course, such as AP or IB, and 61% taking the corresponding exam.

AVID students complete courses required for admission into four-year colleges or universities at significantly higher rates than their peers.