The four key components to preparing for competitive colleges or scholarships are earning good grades, taking challenging college-prep courses, earning good test scores on the SAT or ACT, and involvement in activities and leadership or community service.
It is more important to take challenging courses at the risk of lower grades, than it is to pad one's grades with easy classes. Not only will programs or colleges notice the level of coursework, but students will also be better prepared for the next step if they push themselves.
At Canby High School all of our required courses for graduation are accepted as core course entry requirements for colleges. However, when speaking of college preparatory classes, we are usually referring to advanced courses. At CHS we offer many courses, which count toward our Honors Diploma or earn college credit through Clackamas Community College. You can see the list of these classes in our CHS Planning Guide.
It is important to remember that most advanced courses require successful completion of prerequisite courses. So students need to earn good grades and advance one step at a time. This is where Four Year Course Planning becomes important. For college or other goals, students will also need to plan for other coursework. For instance, in addition to our CHS Graduation Requirements, four year colleges also require two years of a Second Language, completion of Algebra II or higher, and a third year of science. Each student will begin and revisit their Four Year Course Plan from their Freshmen Year through Senior Year, with the assistance of their counselor and advisor.
You should also visit our CHS Counseling Office Web Page to find the latest SAT & ACT testing dates. These are two different kinds of college entrance exams. There are more similarities than differences. But the primary differences are the ACT tests in science and is more of an achievement test (recall of previously learned information), whereas the SAT does not test in science, but is more of a "reasoning test," where students are challenged more to think through novel situations. Both exams test in Reading/English, Writing, and Math. And it does not matter which test a student takes, because school's will accept either test. Students can also test as frequently as they would like, but research shows most students do best the second time, and then scores decline slightly after that. If a student is applying for competitive colleges or merit based scholarships, then it is a good idea to take both tests at least once, because it is hard to know for sure which test a student will do best on. So in order to allow frequent opportunities, we recommend students first test at the end of their Junior Year. If not already, students should definitely plan on testing in October or November of their Senior Year. Once again, please read the counseling information on our CHS Counseling Office Web Page.
Finally, involvement in student activities or clubs or employment demonstrates responsibility, productivity, maturity, and often times leadership. These are very important characteristics to display when applying for scholarships, especially local scholarships, or competitive (usually private) schools. Significant volunteerism or community service really stands out. It is never too late to get involved, but the longer duration of time involved the better. Student's should keep track of their activities, time involved, and sponsors so they can speak about their experiences in more detail on a resume, application, or essay.
If you have read this far, you have a lot of determination, so you should do fine. Just keep researching and preparing. Don't be afraid to ask questions, but also learn and know things yourself. That is a good thing to learn throughout many situations in life. Please contact me or your counselor for more assistance. Thank You. And remember that you need to prepare, cause "failing to prepare, is preparing to fail." But also remember that if you truly do your best, then you can put your mind to rest, and peace of mind is a prerequisite to happiness:)
As an Academic Counselor, I can help you with student class schedules, four year-class planning, graduation requirements, career planning, college and testing information, scholarships, getting help for a class, help for disabilities, or any other questions or challenges you may have as a student or parent.
Often, I can provide you with the information you seek via email or phone.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 263-7200, extension 5348.
However, as I am extremely busy serving about 500 students in my caseload, it may take up to a full business day after I receive your message before I can respond. I check my messages and email daily throughout each business day, as I have an opportunity. If you are unable to reach me, and you need immediate assistance, then please call the main office at 263-7200.
You can also set up an appointment to meet with me by calling Lori Wujek, Counseling Secretary, at 263-7219.
Thank you for working with us to help you or your student succeed. It is my pleasure to be of service to you.
Canby High School
In an effort to be as efficient as possible, and to be equally accessible to all 1650 students, we have the following procedure for assisting students and parents with scheduling concerns.
(1) All Students receive their upcoming new schedule about two weeks before each new term.
(2) If students have concerns or appropriate requests*, then they are to fill out an online Schedule Change Request Form, which is on the opening page of the Counseling Blog.
(3) Counselor's then review and respond to appropriate requests* or concerns in the order they are received. These schedule change requests are processed throughout the day, as counselors have time in between other appointments and other responsibilities. Therefore, it may, at times, take a few days for a request to be processed.
(4) Counselor's then email the student a response, if they included their email in the request.
(5) All Students receive a new paper schedule from their Advisor on the first day of each term.
*Appropriate requests include, but are not limited to, the following: misplaced academically, course needed for graduation, course needed for college or career, teacher recommendation, scheduling error (such as two classes of the same subject, or a "B" section class before the "A" section), etc.
TEACHER CHANGE REQUESTS, OR CHANGES DUE TO A STUDENT CHANGING THEIR MIND ABOUT A FORECASTED ELECTIVE ARE NOT NORMALLY ACCEPTABLE, BECAUSE WE CAN NOT ACCOMMODATE ALL STUDENTS FAIRLY FOR THESE REQUESTS. ALSO, COUNSELORS ARE UNABLE TO MEET INDIVIDUALLY WITH EVERY STUDENT. SO THE FIRST FEW DAYS OF EACH TRIMESTER, OUR APPOINTMENTS ARE RESERVED FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE "BLANKS" IN THEIR SCHEDULE. YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION IS APPRECIATED.
This is a little about me.
I am completing my 20th year as a High School Counselor - thirteen here at CHS, and seven at Moffat County High School in Craig, Colorado. I earned my Master's Degree in Secondary School Counseling in August 1993 from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Prior to my School Counseling career, I was a Youth Care Worker in a residential group home for troubled youth for three years with the Nebraska Center For Children and Youth. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1989. Previously, I was also a high school football coach for five years, and a youth baseball coach for about ten seasons.
I went into the career of education, because next to parenting I believe it is the most important thing in the world. I have always enjoyed working with youth, partially because I have a big inner child myself. I have also always enjoyed the study of psychology and human growth. So I believe in the value of developing one's self-awareness. As such, my own private personality inclination has always been introversion, because I am a deep thinker, and I enjoy my personal individual time. But when interacting with others (such as through work), I am most effective in a listening and supportive role. For these reasons, and many more, my journey has led me to school counseling.
So I look forward to being of service to you.
Senior athletes who want to participate in Division I or II college athletics must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at http://www.eligibilitycenter.org
Students must also have their ACT (www.actstudent.org) or SAT scores (www.sat.collegeboard.com) sent directly to the NCAA Clearinghouse by using the “9999” college code at those registration sites.
To be eligible for Division I or II athletics, students must register with the clearinghouse, and meet minimum core credit requirements (16), minimum GPA requirements (2.0 and higher), minimum test scores (SAT or ACT), and graduate from high school.
PLEASE NOTE: The minimum core course requirements for freshmen athletic eligibility at Division I schools is higher than the core course admission requirements for many of those Division I four-year colleges. The NCAA Clearinghouse requires 16 core course credits for Division I eligibility. Whereas, many four year Division I schools only require 15 core course credits for admission. Similarly, the Regular CHS Diploma only requires 13 core course credits. So students pursuing Division I athletics need to make sure they earn at least 1 extra core course credits, beyond the 2 years of Foreign Language that four-year schools require.
Please see Counseling for more information and to check your eligibility status. Some other points to consider:
- Not all CHS academic classes meet NCAA Core requirements (check with counseling).
- Correspondence or Independent Study classes do not meet requirements.
- Remedial or ELL classes do not meet requirements.
- Courses taken in eighth grade do not meet requirements.
- Students with an approved disability or students who do not meet standards may have a petition waiver submitted by the college interested in them as an athlete.
Andrew A. Young