Earning grades also has a point system associated with it, like a game. Every A earns 4 points, a B is 3, a C is 2, and a D is 1 point. Those points are used to calculate a student’s GPA, by adding them all up and dividing by the number of classes taken. So, if a person gets all As, they earn a 4.0 GPA. As a student completes each trimester, it just keeps adding onto a student’s points and dividing by all the classes they have ever taken. Technically speaking, GPA stands for Grade Point Average.

Why is GPA important?

  • It helps students get into college
  • It helps students earn scholarships
  • It could help a student get a job
  • Many car insurance companies offer good student discounts!

The tech department offers support to staff and student with needs regarding computers, networking issues, iPads, and other resources for troubleshooting.

Technology at the high school has grown into a 1:1 iPad initiative which offers every student the opportunity to use an iPad for schoolwork. The tech staff is located in the library.

Tech staff:

****Josh Rapley

Tyler Reed


The library offers students a wide selection of information resources, both online and in print. In addition to magazines, fiction and non-fiction titles, e-books, graphic novels and reference materials, the library houses a class-sized computer lab, printer, and an array of online databases to support students through all steps of the research process.

Library staff help students find titles for recreational reading, in both English and Spanish, and provide various levels of information literacy instruction across all subjects. Additionally, the library manages the library and textbook collections for the school and assists the Tech. Dept. with tracking one-to-one student iPads.

Library Staff:

Kimberly Barbara

Jan Woodworth

Tutor Rooms – Open 8:00 – 4:30 Daily

We have three tutor rooms open all day for students: the Math Center, Language Arts Lab and Science Lab. All tutor rooms are staffed by full-time tutors during school, at lunch and after school. Students who are struggling in class can get help with concepts and homework. The tutors are great resources for students with test taking, test make-up, labs, essay help, research, projects, etc. If a student is absent, he/she can go to the tutor rooms to get caught up. Tutors and Rooms:

  • Math Center, Debbie Snodgrass – Room 504
  • Science Lab, Mariana Lemus – Room 202
  • Language Arts Lab, Shelly Dean – Room 404

At Canby High School, students need 24 credits to graduate.

Students earn a credit by passing (D or higher, 60%+) a class. Many of the credits are required, like math and science and English, and others are electives, which allow students to learn about stuff they are interested in, like art and music.

Many classes have multiple sections. Students might take Algebra 1, for example, which would mean they would take Algebra 1A one trimester, and Algebra 1B in one of the other trimesters of that same year. Each class that students pass earns them .5 credit as long as they get a D or higher. Each trimester they can earn 2.5 credits, and each year students can earn 7.5 credits. In total, students can earn 30 credits in 4 years.

What do students do with the 4 extra credits? They can take other interesting classes or save their parents money by taking dual credit classes. HUH? In dual credit classes, students can earn both high school and college credit! Some students can be assistants for their favorite teachers, some might do an internship and others could sleep in and have late arrival or early release. Basically, if students can earn all their credits the first 3 years of high school, they are rewarded with a pretty flexible senior year.

NOTE: Athletes should reference the Athletic Handbook for specific OSAA requirements.

Uh oh… If students fail classes early on, they have to retake those classes. NO credit is earned for a “F.” That means instead of fun classes, students have to retake classes failed in order to graduate.


The Canby High School Achievement Center supports all students needing academic and behavioral interventions. The goal of the Achievement Center is to help provide resources and support through mentoring and 1:1 tutoring.

Students will find a safe and encouraging environment where they can connect with our new High School Success Student Advocate and our Attendance Specialist. Both positions are a part of our school wide multi-tiered system of support. In collaboration with teachers and staff, the Achievement Center provides culturally responsive interventions based on student and family needs.

Students and parents are welcome to visit us in the Achievement Center to see how we can help!

For more information about the Achievement Center, Please give us a call at 503-263-7200 and the extension for the specific staff member you want to speak with.

  • Jimmy Joyce - Student Success Specialist, x5305
  • Jay Mull - Student Success Specialist, x5305
  • Teresa Madrigal - 12th Grade Mentor, x5301
  • Valeria Romero Prada - 9th Grade Mentor, x5301
CATS (Cougars Achieving Together = Success) - 9th Grade Support

CATS is a mandatory 9th Grade Intervention After School Program if an 8th grader fails one or more classes the LAST semester of middle school. It is also for students who fail one or more classes 1st or 2nd trimester their freshman year. This program will be in its 12th year and is there to help students develop management skills in order to pass classes their freshman year. Starting the third week of the trimester, students meet two times a week after school with a teacher. Students have extra time to work on homework, are instructed on study skills, organization, self-advocacy, etc. Transportation is available for students who ride the bus. Snacks are provided and classes are generally no larger than ten students per teacher.

Does it work? We have surveyed outgoing freshmen and upperclassmen each year and they say that CATS really helped them get organized and pass classes. It is not always fun, but students have a quiet time to study with assistance.