When Counselors See Students

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

Foreign Exchange Programs

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
AYUSA
North West Student Exchange
Youth For Understanding
Cultural Homestay International
Education First Foundation
Rotary International
Education, Travel and Culture
International Student Exchange
CIEE

Oregon Promise Grant

The state is launching its Oregon Promise program—offering new high school graduates
and GED recipients an opportunity to have some or all of their community college tuition
covered. Grants are for students entering a community college in Oregon in Fall 2017.

You may qualify if you:
-Graduate from an Oregon high school or complete the GED in Spring/Summer 2017
-Have a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher
-Have been an Oregon resident for at least 12 months prior to enrolling in community college

Steps to take:
-Apply for the Oregon Promise between November 1, 2016 and March 1, 2017, including:
Complete the Oregon Promise application Oregon Promise App

-Submit your high school transcript or GED scores

-Complete the FAFSA or its approved alternative

Once approved, Enroll in an Oregon community college within six months of graduating high school or completing the GED (Fall 2016)—and accept all state and federal grants

OregonPromise_InfoGraphic_FINAL

OregonPromise_HSFlyer

PSAT Scores

Most CHS sophomores and some juniors will take the PSAT test in October, 2016.  Paper score reports will not be available until February.  In the meantime, you can access your scores online by doing the following:

  •   Go to https://studentscores.collegeboard.org/home
  •   If you already have a College Board account, sign in using your user name and password.
  •   If you don’t have an account, click on “Sign-Up” next to the blue “Sign In” button to create your College Board account.
  • VERY IMPORTANT:  create your account with your legal name and DON’T LOSE your user name and password.  You will need them to register for the SAT.
  • If your PSAT scores don’t appear when you log in, click the “Add Scores” button.  You may have to log out and log back in to see them.

 

FAFSA/Financial Aid Presentation

The Academic Counselors will be doing a “Financial Aid for Beginners” presentation on February 2, during Parent Conferences. Darcie Ivens, from the Clackamas Community College Financial Aid Office may also be available for a question and answer session regarding college funding.

THIS IS DURING PARENT / TEACHER CONFERENCES, SO PLAN ON STAYING LONGER.

Call the Counseling Office at 503-263-7219 for more information.

General Financial Aid Information

Financial Aid” means any help with paying for college. Financial aid can be loans, grants, scholarship or work study programs. The best source of need-based financial aid is the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). Below is some basic information about Financial Aid.

Here are a couple of videos on how to fill out the FAFSA. FAFSA Videos on YouTube

This is a link to information about the different types of aid available through FAFSA.
Types of Aid Available

For more information on types of loans available through FAFSA, click this link.
Types of Loans

For more information about financial aid scams, click this link.
Financial Aid Scams

If you do not have a Social Security number, you can fill out the ORSAA
which qualifies you for Oregon State financial aid and the Oregon Promise Scholarship / Grant.

For information about financial aid opportunities for non-citizens, click this link.
Aid for Non-Citizens

Visit the Clackamas Community College Financial Aid Center

FAFSA Basics

We encourage ALL students to fill out the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the gateway for all need-based financial aid. Students work with their parents to fill in the FAFSA online. Based on the information you provide, students can be awarded any combination of grants, loans and work study. Filling the FAFSA does NOT obligate you to take any of the aid offered–you can always refuse, but you never know what you’ll get unless you file the FAFSA!

Here is a link to the FAFSA website. You can take a look any time, but you can’t file the FAFSA until January 1st of the year you plan to start college. FAFSA

Why, When, How to do FAFSA?

Tips and What you need to fill out FAFSA

How to get the required FSA I.D.

What happens after filing the FAFSA?