College and Career Preparation

Our vision is that all students are prepared for post High School life and exit our high schools with a clear plan in hand. Whether a student is looking for a direct transition into the work world, aiming for a college certificate or degree, or wanting to attend technical school after graduation, we want each student to feel prepared to move toward and be genuinely prepared for that goal. Our schools offer courses that support each students’ desired pathway with as much support and challenge they need.

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Elective

AVID is a system designed to close the achievement gap by preparing students for college readiness and success.

AVID provides a toolbox of strategies for students

  • Note taking
  • WICOR focus (writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, reading)
  • Socratic Seminar (listening, discussing material)
  • College representative visits to schools
  • College campus visit field trips

The AVID system is seen across the school and in specific AVID elective courses. The elective class is available at all middle and high schools to students who 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

Students interested in this course must complete an application and participate in an interview.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

CTE provides high school students with industry specific skills and training. Pathways vary by school and are open to all students. Certified programs in our district include:

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 Entrance Exams

Most four-year colleges require scores for the ACT or SAT exams. Scores from these tests may be used for admission, scholarship, and/or placement in addition to student coursework, grades, activities, etc.

  • PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is offered once each year.
  • SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) is generally taken during the junior and/or senior year.
  • ACT (American College Test) is generally taken during the junior and/or senior year.

SAT Subject Tests are required by some of the more competitive colleges. Check with your student’s school for test dates, locations, and more details.

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.