Four year colleges require students to submit either ACT or SAT scores. The ACT is the American College Testing program. The SAT is the Scholastic Aptitude Test. The tests give colleges an indication of a students academic readiness for college level instruction. Most schools accept scores from either test.
Both tests assess students in three sections (English, Math, and Writing). The ACT also includes a fourth section, Science. The SAT is considered a reasoning test, so some of the test measures a student's ability to think through new or novel situations. The ACT is considered an achievement test, so it only measures what curriculum students have learned and retained. The SAT has scores ranging up to 800 in each of the three sections, for a total possible score of 2400. A good score for the SAT is 1500 and higher. The ACT has scores ranging up to 36 in each of the four sections, and they also give a composite or average score. A good score for the ACT is 22 and higher.
A student can take the tests as often as they would like, however 2-3 times is on average when scores are the highest. Most colleges will combine the best sub-scores from multiple tests to get a best representation of a student's ability. Test preparation usually improves test scores, and options vary from self-prep to test prep classes to simply taking the PSAT (Practice SAT) and reviewing results.
It is recommended that top students take the SAT or ACT for the first time at the end of their junior year. Then they can take the test a second time, if so desired, in the early fall of the senior year. This will allow time for the student to have scores sent to colleges between December - February, when most college applications are due.
To register for the SAT, and/or get prep materials, go to http://www.collegeboard.com/
To register for the ACT, and/or get prep materials, go to http://www.actstudent.org/index.html
Other Self-prep options include acquiring prep books from the public library or local book store, or visiting sites, like http://www.number2.com/
or students can access Peterson/s Test Prep through the CHS created CIS Portfolio, http://oregoncis.uoregon.edu/login/login.aspx
For prep classes, students can sign up for classes from:
Saturday Academy, http://www.saturdayacademy.org/
The CHS Advisory Program is an extension of the Comprehensive Guidance and Education Program. The program provides important information to support the success of all students. Advisors also serve as additional support personnel for students. The goals of the program are as follows:
PURPOSE OF ADVISORY:
(1) Increasing students’ self-monitoring of their school progress
(2) Increasing students’ knowledge of specific graduation requirements
(3) Improving students’ knowledge of and access to post high school info
(4) Improving student goal setting and personal planning
(5) Increasing student utilization of school resources
CONTENT: (White Notebooks)
Through approximately twenty yearly advisory sessions, over four years, students review:
(1) Transcripts, State Assessment Reports, CHS Grade Reports, Attendance Reports
(2) Graduation and Portfolio Requirements (Credits, Career Related, Other)
(3) Reasons to Stay in School, College Degrees, College Testing, Scholarships, etc.
(4) Forecasting, Career Information & Resources, Updating Career Plans & MAPPs
(5) How to get help (Math & English Labs, etc.) & How to make up credits
The Advisory Topics are as follows:
2014-2015 Freshman Advisory Topics
2014-2015 Freshman Advisory Topics">2014-2015 Sophomore Advisory Topics
2014-2015 Junior Advisory Topics
2014-2015 Senior Advisory Schedule
What Kind of Students are Colleges Interested In?
You don't need to be a “brain.” You do need to show a willingness to learn. You don't have to have lots of money. You do need to be willing to work. You don't have to be an outstanding athlete. You do need to be involved in a variety of activities. Colleges are interested in a well-rounded individual who has participated in many areas of high school life. The best advice we could give is to get involved—join—participate—learn.
What are My Choices?
Generally speaking, all colleges fall into one of two categories: State-Supported Colleges —
institutions which are supported by public funds and tax monies; or Independent Colleges and
Universities which are institutions that are not supported by tax money. The schools may be church affiliated or totally independent of both state and church support.
State-Supported colleges and universities in the state of Oregon are either 2- or 4-year schools. The 2-year schools are all community colleges. They offer a wide variety of special vocational training programs, as well as college transfer programs of study.
Usually the state-supported colleges and universities, whether 4-year institutions or community colleges, are less expensive than independent or private colleges. This is because they are tax supported. All state-supported 4-year institutions will be very similar in cost for any Oregon resident. The variations are minor and are detailed in the specific college catalog. The programs available will vary quite a bit; again, this is where the college catalog or website comes in. Conversely, many independent or private colleges will be more expensive, but able to offer a more attractive financial aid package because they are not state supported.
NACAC NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIRS
FACTORS TO CONSIDER..when choosing a college
•What are the costs for tuition?
•Room and board? Are there other fees?
•How much did costs increase from last year to this year?
•Is there a difference in the costs for in-state and out-of-state students?
•Are accepted students required to place deposits for tuition and housing? Are these refundable?
•By when must accepted students decide whether they will attend?
•Are deposits required each year for returning students?
•When do the bills have to be paid?
•Where is the college located (city, suburb, small town, rural setting)?
•What is the surrounding community like?
•Is the college public, private, church affiliated?
•What is the current student enrollment?
•What special or unique programs are offered?
•Does the college have general education or course distribution requirements? What are they?
•Does the college have special programs for transfer students?
•What is the academic calendar (semesters, quarters)?
•What is the average age of the student body?
•What is the male-to-female ratio?
•What percent of students reside on-campus?
•Are dorms co-ed or single sex?
•Is it a "suitcase college" where all the students leave on the weekends?
•What are the procedures for selecting a roommate?
•What are some of the rules and regulations that govern campus and dormitory life?
•What percent of students receive financial aid based on financial need?
•What percent of students receive scholarships based on academic ability?
•What would be a typical financial aid package for a freshman?
•What percent of those who apply for financial aid receive it?
•Will my financial aid be adjusted if my need increases?
•What are financial aid application procedures and deadlines?
•When are financial aid applicants notified of their awards?
•How long do they have to respond? Is there a tuition payment plan?
•Are there campus jobs available? Are there off-campus jobs as well?
•Where do the majority of students come from?
•Do most of the students commute or live on-campus?
•What types of student activities are there? Are sororities and fraternities on-campus?
•What athletic programs are available?
•Is the surrounding community supportive of the college?
•Does the college have a campus visitation program?
•Is housing available / guaranteed for freshman? Is it available for all four years?
•What high school courses are required?
•Are entrance tests required? Which ones' What scores are acceptable?
•Is a certain grade point average or class rank required?
•Will my activities and school involvement be considered?
•Is there an essay on the application? Is it read?
•Is there an early decision or early action plan?
•On what basis are applicants accepted?
•Are personal interviews or letters of recommendation required?
•Do certain majors have special requirements?
•What percent of applicants are accepted?
•Can admission denials be appealed?
•What are the application filing dates?
•What is the average class size? Largest? Smallest?
•How many students in last year's freshman class returned for their sophomore year?
•What was the grade point average for the freshman class last year?
•What is the college's procedure for student orientation, class placement and scheduling? Are classes guaranteed?
•How is a faculty advisor assigned to students?
•What services does the school offer for the student who is undecided about a major?
•How many students complete a degree? What are the most popular majors?
•Are students taught by full-time faculty members, graduate assistants, or a combination of both?
What types of additional services are provided by the school at no additional cost to the student (e.g. tutoring, career and personal counseling, developmental reading and study skills workshops, job placement)?
Is there an honors program? What are the qualifications for entry?
Compiled from various sources by the National College Fairs Staff
Summary of the College or School Application Process
1. Do the groundwork. Look at websites, review catalogs, write for information, visit campuses, and seek advice from people who have experience and/or expertise in this area.
2. Take the appropriate admissions tests.
3. Decide where you wish to apply. Many schools provide on-line applications and may waive
application fees. Check the school's website.
4. Make sure that you meet the admission requirements for the program that you want.
5. Request letters of recommendation if needed. Give your references at least 2 weeks notice. Provide references with a written list of your interests and activities.
6. Submit the admission application by the date required. Be sure to include all supporting data such
as transcripts, references and personal statements or essays.
7. Submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 st , in order to start the financial aid process. Applying on-line usually results in quicker response.
8. Apply to each school for financial aid and scholarships.
9. Apply for local and other financial aid and scholarships.
10. Confirm admission by sending in any required deposits.
11. Apply for on-campus housing.
12. Make an appointment with the institution's Financial Aid Officer.
13. Attend orientation, if offered.
14. Register for classes.
Many colleges and universities offer classes online. In some cases, you can even earn an entire degree online. Take a look at the following websites for more information.
Fill in this form to document your community service hours. Remember all students at Canby High School must document 40 hours of community service as a graduation requirement.
CHS Community Service Documentation
So what counts as community service? Basically anything where someone is being helped, as long as the student is not getting paid, it is not required for specific class credit, and it is not for a family member.
All registration for SAT and ACT tests is online. You must upload a photo (head shot) with your registration.
Neither the SAT nor the ACT are given at Canby High School, but there are testing locations at many area high schools.
The Canby High School CEEB Code: 380-135
October 11, 2014
November 8, 2014
December 6, 2014
January 24, 2015
March 14, 2015
May 2, 2015
June 6, 2015
Register for the SAT at: SAT Registration
The SAT Reasoning test costs $52.50
September 13, 2014
October 25, 2014
December 13, 2014
February 7, 2015
April 18, 2015
June 13, 2015
Register for the ACT at: ACT Registration
The ACT test with Writing costs $54.50
Many students are interested in Foreign Exchange programs. Studying & living abroad is a wonderful experience. In a average school year, two CHS students are living in another country as exchange students and we welcome four or five international students to CHS. Here are some basic facts to know if you are considering an exchange.
- Exchange programs can last 1 semester or 1 year. Some programs also run 4-8 week summer programs.
- Generally, your Junior year is the best year to go. It's difficult to get graduation & college plans squared away if you are out of the country during your senior year.
- Most exchange programs have some basic requirements. Students usually must be between 15-18 years of age. Some have a minimum GPA requirement, often 2.8 or higher. Depending on the program and/or country, there may also be language requirements.
- Cost of exchange programs varies widely. For semester or school year programs the costs can be anywhere from $3000-$9000. This cost does not include airfare or living expenses. It covers the actual exchange program only.
- Not every exchange program allows you to choose your destination. Often, you will have a "wish list" of 3-6 countries or you may be guaranteed a geographical region (e.g South America, Eastern Europe, etc.)
- Canby High School will accept credits earned while you are on exchange (maximum of 8.0 credits). These classes are listed with a "P" for Pass rather than a letter grade.
Below is a list of some state-approved exchange programs with representatives in Oregon.
AFS International Programs
ASSE International Student Exchange Programs
North West Student Exchange
Youth For Understanding
Cultural Homestay International
Education First Foundation
Education, Travel and Culture
International Student Exchange
Don't Get Scammed Looking For Scholarships
(Little ways to help win big bucks)
Scholarships are awarded to the students who can show on paper that they are the most qualified applicants. Incomplete and messy applications may be passed over in favor of neater and thoroughly completed applications. Careful preparation will increase your chances of success.
Deadline: don’t miss it. Start early, especially if you need references or transcripts.
Follow directions exactly: Many applications are designed to check how well you follow directions. Instructions mean what they say: “In your own handwriting” (print neatly), “Typed” (printed from computer), “In the space below” (write here not on attached paper), etc.
Neatness: Print using black ink. Word process whenever possible. Most applications are available online and should be completed on a computer. Some can be scanned in, completed and then printed for a neater appearance.
Spelling and grammar: Use a dictionary and spell-check. Read it back to yourself out loud. Have a teacher or parent proofread the application.
Answer everything: Don’t leave any blanks empty (unless told to), write “none” or “N/A” (not applicable) where appropriate.
Choose carefully: Be sure what type of references are requested (sometimes a teacher of a specific class or an advisor of a particular club). If unspecified then give a variety of carefully chosen references. Good choices include pastor, employers, teachers, counselor, club advisor, or long-time family friend (not a peer or family member).
Ask: ALWAYS GET PERMISSION BEFORE USING A PERSON AS A REFERENCE.
Attached recommendations: If letters of reference are to be included with the application:
Give the person at least 2 weeks to write the letter. You will get a better reference.
Tell them about the scholarship and what the judging criteria are. For example if it is based on leadership skills, communication skills, sportsmanship, volunteerism, etc., the person can specifically address their knowledge of you in that area.
Short Answer or Essay-type Questions
Thorough and exact: Thoroughly answer all parts of the question asked.
Length: Follow guidelines for length; more isn’t always better.
Proofread: Write a rough draft, proofread, and then copy onto the application. Concise, well-worded, neat, and grammatically correct answers will impress.
Keep a file of your important information handy and updated so you don’t have to look it up each time. Jobs, clubs, awards, activities, references, etc. Save copies of applications and essays, often you can use the same thing again with minor changes. This includes papers you have written for school. Sometimes you can use an application essay to meet the requirements of a class assignment and get double benefit for the time you spend.
ASPIRE is a program which trains adult volunteers to give students one-to-one assistance with completing post high school planning activities (career research, college apps., scholarships, financial aid forms, etc.). Referrals to ASPIRE come from the student or their Academic Counselor.
Students decide what they want help with, and are assisted through the CHS Career Center.
See their CHS Web Blog:
WANT TO GO TO COLLEGE IN ANOTHER WESTERN STATE BUT DON’T WANT TO PAY OUT-OF-STATE TUITION?
WESTERN UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE – Many 2 and 4 year colleges in 15 Western states participate in this program that allows reduced tuition rates for undergraduates. For more information, see the website at Western Undergraduate Exchangeor see the information in the Counseling Office. The participating states are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.
The following document shows a comparison of college costs between Oregon Community Colleges, Oregon Public Colleges, and Oregon Private Colleges:
College Student Budgets 2013-2014
This chart is for the 2013-2014 school year. Costs may have increased since then.
Cascade College www.cascade.edu
Concordia University www.cu-portland.edu
Corban University www.corban.edu
Eugene Bible College www.ebc.edu
George Fox University www.georgefox.edu
Heald College www.heald.edu
Lewis & Clark College www.lclark.edu
Linfield College www.linfield.edu
Marylhurst University www.marylhurst.edu
Multnomah Bible College www.multnomah.edu
Northwest Christian College www.nwcc.edu
Pacific Northwest College of Art www.pnca.edu
Pacific University www.pacificu.edu
Reed College www.reed.edu
University of Portland www.up.edu
Warner Pacific College www.warnerpacific.edu
Western States Chiropractic www.wschiro.edu
Willamette University www.willamette.edu
Eastern Oregon University www.eou.edu
Oregon Institute of Technology www.oit.edu
Oregon State University www.oregonstate.edu
Portland State University www.pdx.edu
Southern Oregon University www.sou.edu
University of Oregon www.uoregon.edu
Western Oregon University www.wou.edu
When you ask a teacher/boss/coach, etc for a letter of recommendation, please keep the following things in mind:
- Give at least 2 weeks time to write a good letter
- Make the request in writing
- Include a resume or list of activities during high school
- You CANNOT have a relative write you a letter of recommendation
Below is a "fillable" PDF of a Letter of Recommendation Request form that you can type in & print to give to the adults who will write your recommendations. The second page is an Activities List that you can use if you don't already have a resume or activities list.
Letter of Recommendation Request Form
Many scholarship applications will ask you for a list of your high school activities. Different scholarships will want the information in different formats. Pay close attention to the requirements and make sure you have your information in the correct format. Here are two examples of common formats.
Sample Activity List #1
Sample Activity List #2
A list of your high school activities can also be helpful when you are requesting a letter of recommendation. Adding information about where you want to go to school and what you are planning to study would be helpful in that situation.
The CHS Comprehensive Education and Counseling Program is delivered to assure that all students receive the same guidance information and equal access to counselors. Delivery of the program involves three Academic Counselors, one School to Career Coordinator (STC), one Intervention Specialist, and all teachers who serve as advisors.
The delivery of the program assures every student the following contacts through grades 9-12.
Grades 9-12 Every student meets with an Advisor, numerous times per year
(see Advisory link on Counseling homepage for Advisory Topics)
Grades 9-12 as scheduled by students; individual appointments are available to see the
Intervention Specialist, STC Coordinator, or their Academic Counselor
However, please note the following restriction regarding student appointments:
Student requested appointments with the Academic Counselors are not available during Schedule Change periods (Two weeks before each term and the first week of each term)
Grade 9 Freshmen receive group guidance from Academic Counselor in English class
(presentation on four year course planning and CHS graduation & college requirements)
Grade 10 Sophomores receive group guidance from Academic Counselor in Future Focus class
(presentation on course planning and CHS graduation & college requirements)
Grade 10 Sophomores take Future Focus class for career research and planning
(Mock interviews, job shadows, and presentations planned by STC Coordinator)
Grade 11 Juniors meet as an entire class during advisory for a presentation by counselors and administrators
to emphasize key planning information for the senior year and beyond.
Grade 12 Seniors attend individual Senior Planning Meetings with Academic Counselor
(personalized credit check and post high school planning information)
Grade 12 Seniors meet as an entire class during advisory for a presentation by counselors and administrators.
NOTE: Communication with the Counselors is also available via phone calls and email
The Oregon Career Information System (CIS) is an outstanding online resource for information on careers, colleges, scholarships and related information. All students use CIS for their required Future Focus class, and it is recommended for research information anytime a student writes a career paper - such as in Economics.
Below are directions to help CHS students remember how to log into their CIS Portfolio Accounts (where they can then save information). Once on the CIS website, tools are easy to explore and the program is fairly intuitive to use.
To reduce software issues, do not use the Firefox or Internet Explorer. USE ONLY SAFARI.
TO ACCESS YOUR CIS PORTFOLIO, OPEN AND FOLLOW THE STEP BY STEP DIRECTIONS LINKED BELOW:
IF YOU GET LOST, MOVE ON TO THE NEXT STEP OF DIRECTIONS.
(1)CIS Log In Directions
If you can’t access your CIS Portfolio, you can use the CHS general log in:
Username (canbycougars), Password (planforit)
Students are provided the CHS Academic Planning Guide in February or March to assist them in forecasting courses for the following year and provide information about credit requirements, college credit courses, graduation requirements, and more. The planning guide is linked below.
CHS Planning Guide '14-'15
CHS Freshmen Planning Guide '14-'15