Advisory ProgramThe 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:


(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

College Admissions and ApplicationsWhat 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.

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.
Online OpportunitiesMany 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.

SAT and ACT Dates for 2014-2015All 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

SAT Dates:

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

ACT Dates:

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
Foreign Exchange ProgramsMany 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
Rotary International
Education, Travel and Culture
International Student Exchange

Scholarship Application tipsDon'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.

The Basics

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).

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.

Help Yourself

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.
College in Another State


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.
Comparing College CostsThe 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.
Oregon Independent CollegesCascade College

Concordia University

Corban University

Eugene Bible College

George Fox University

Heald College

Lewis & Clark College

Linfield College

Marylhurst University

Multnomah Bible College

Northwest Christian College

Pacific Northwest College of Art

Pacific University

Reed College

University of Portland

Warner Pacific College

Western States Chiropractic

Willamette University
Oregon Community CollegesBlue Mountain CC

Central Oregon CC

Chemeketa CC

Clackamas CC

Clatsop CC

Columbia Gorge CC

Klamath CC

Lane CC


Mt. Hood CC

Oregon Coast CC

Portland CC

Rogue CC

Southwestern Oregon CC

Tillamook Bay CC

Treasure Valley CC

Umpqua CC
State Supported UniversitiesEastern Oregon University

Oregon Institute of Technology

Oregon State University

Portland State University

Southern Oregon University

University of Oregon

Western Oregon University
Senior Activity ListsMany 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.

When Counselors See StudentsThe 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
Oregon CIS Portfolio Log InThe 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.




(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)
CHS Academic Planning GuideStudents 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

Spanish Version

Elks ScholarshipHere is the application for the Elks Teenager of the Month Scholarship. This is given by the Oregon City Elks Club. Applications must be submitted to the Elks Lodge in Oregon City.

Elks Teenager of the Month Scholarship Application
ACC Credits through Clackamas Community CollegeCanby High School offers many classes for dual credit- through both Canby High and Clackamas Community College. See the 2013-2014 list below. In order to get the CCC credit, you must register. Please use this link to get more information. Advanced College Credit Info

Canby High School

These college credits can be used at Clackamas Community College or transferred to
another college or university. These courses are offered at Canby High School:

Accounting II /BA111 /3 credits
Advanced Placement English /WR121, ENG104, ENG 106 /4 credits each
Children's Art & Literature /ED 150 /3 credits
Education & Human Dev. 1 /HDF 225 /3 credits
Education & Human Dev. 2 /HDF247 /3 credits
Equipment Maintenance & Repair /HOR 230 /3 credits
Floriculture II /HOR 232 /3 credits
Floriculture III /HOR 248 /3 credits
German III /GER 101, 102, 103 /4 credits each
Graphic Design 2 /ART 225 /3 credits
Health Occupations and Medical Terminology II /MA110 /3 credits
Landscaping (Fall) /HOR 224 /3 credits
Landscaping (Spring) /HOR123 /3 credits
Natural Resources /HOR211 /1 credit
Pre-Calculus /MTH 111, MTH 112 /5 credits each
AP Calculus /MTH 251, MTH 252 /5 credits each
Botany 2 /HOR 142, HOR 242 /3 credits each
Spanish III /SPN 101, 102, 103 /4 credits each
Teaching for Tomorrow 1 /ECE 150 /3 credits

National College Fair - PortlandThe National College Fair will be held in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center on Friday, November 1st 9am-Noon and Saturday, November 2nd 1pm-5pm.

For more information: National College Fairs
Oregon Careeer Information System (CIS)
Login for career assessment, scholarship and job information
Oregon Career Information System

Students complete assessments using the CIS during Future Focus class and Economics.
Career PathwaysHere is a good website for finding Community College Programs in Oregon, by Career Pathway.