College and Career Preparation

Our vision is that all students will have the option to pursue college or technical school after graduation. Our schools offer a college prep courses and elective courses designed to encourage and support students that are the first in their family to pursue a college education.

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Elective

AVID is a system designed to close the achievement gap by preparing students for college readiness and success beyond high school. We have invested in AVID instructional training for 50 educators, counselors, and administrators since 2012. Funding has come in part from the district general fund, and grants from the Nike Innovation Fund, the Marion L. Miller Foundation, and the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation.

AVID provides a toolbox of strategies for students

  • Note taking (Cornell notes)
  • WICOR focus (writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, reading)
  • Socratic Seminar (listening, discussing material)

AVID helps students develop college readiness

  • College representative visits to schools
  • College campus visit field trips

This elective class is available at all middle and high schools to students that are:

  • Self-motivated and recommended by teachers or counselors
  • Average or above-average academic grades
  • First in the family to attend college
  • Typically from low-income family

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

CTE provides high school students with real-work skills and training. Programs vary by school and are open to all students. Certified programs in our district include architecture, computer engineering, autoshop, and culinary arts.  Talk with your student’s school counselor to learn about current offerings.

Honors Curriculum and Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

The following Honors and AP courses are offered at Corvallis High or Crescent Valley High Schools depending on student enrollment.

  • Honors Introduction to Literature
  • Honors International Studies (language arts & social studies)
  • Honors American Literature
  • Honors Essay & Inquiry
  • AP English
  • Honors Geometry
  • Honors Algebra 2
  • Honors Precalculus
  • Calculus
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Spanish
  • AP US History
  • AP US Government & Politics
  • Honors Biology
  • AP Biology
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics

College and Career Counseling

Staff and volunteers at each high school’s  college and career counseling center help students chart a successful course beyond high school. Services include:

  • Registration for college entrance exams
  • Hundreds of publications and online resources for colleges and universities
  • Assistance with the college application process and applying for financial aid
  • College representative visits to the school
  • Benton County Career Convention- for all high school juniors

College Now

This partnership with LBCC provides high school students with the opportunity to complete both a high school course and a college course simultaneously and receive credit from both the high school and LBCC. Classes are taught at the high school by an LBCC approved instructor and include multiple subject areas. Check with your student’s high school counselor for availability. More information here.