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AVID Program-Central High School

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AVID – Advancement Via Individual Determination – is a 9 to 12 grade college readiness system that prepares students who are in the academic middle for college eligibility and success. Students take an AVID elective class every year which provides academic skills and strategies so that students can access more rigorous courses, like Honors and AP. Students focus on goal setting, self discovery and personal improvement.

Three important components of all AVID classes include:

  • The AVID Binder (an organizational system)
  • Focus Note-Taking using Cornell Notes (study and learning strategies)
  • Tutorials (a twice-weekly collaborative and inquiry based process)

AVID students are exposed to a wide range of guest speakers – from college representatives to financial experts and motivational speakers. A variety of field trips and college visits are also included.

Participation in AVID is voluntary and requires an application and interview.

Ellen Montenero
AVID 12 Counselor

Mrs. Montenero works closely with AVID 12 students. She provides support by assisting in the AVID Elective classroom with college and career readiness skills. Mrs. Montenero comes to Central from another school district with the AVID program. In addition to her responsibilities with AVID students, she is also the counselor for all 12th grade students.


Jen Voigt
AVID 11 Teacher

Mrs. Voigt is the AVID 11 Seminar teacher. She provides students with additional instruction on PSAT and ACT preparation, as well as relational capacity and leadership training. A college crate is created in this class in order to prepare students for the college and scholarship application process their senior year.


Kevin Colburn
AVID Site Director
AVID 12 Teacher

Mr. Colburn is the new 2018-2019 AVID Site Director at Central High School.  He also works with AVID 12th graders.  AVID 12th graders will prepare to apply to colleges and work on their applications.  They will also spend time filling out the FAFSA and researching and applying for scholarships. On top of that they will continue to work on developing the skills they will need to succeed next year in college!

Mr. Colburn is excited for this opportunity and reinforces many of the AVID strategies in his social studies classes. Mr. Colburn can also be found coaching the offense of varsity football team.


Greg Schams
AVID 9 Teacher

Mr. Schams leads the AVID 9 Elective class. He also works with many of the AVID 9 students in his AP World History classes. Mr. Schams prepares students for the rigor of advanced classes by introducing students to the AVID strategies. Students will use these strategies and continue to refine them throughout high school. In AVID 9 students also focus on goal setting, a four-year plan, and developing relational capacity with their teachers and other AVID students.


Troy McDonald
AVID District Administrator

Mr. McDonald is a Central graduate—Class of 1982.  He has been at Central for 9 years as an Associate Principal, and has been Principal at CHS and the AVID District Director for the LaCrosse School District for the past 3 years.  Mr. McDonald oversees the AVID programs at both Logan and Central.