Shannon Clayton
Shannon ClaytonCounselor
VLA 11th – 12th, Open Doors, BOT, STAR
Sheri Iverson
Sheri IversonCounselor
VHC, VLA 6th – 10th
Maureen Buckner
Maureen BucknerCounseling Clerk
360-313-4990

School counselors improve student success

Counselors are vital members of the education team. They help students thrive in school and work toward their school and life goals.

College readiness

Explore college and careers

Preparing for college begins at an early age. Check out these college-planning resources.

Academic achievement

Get help with school

Counselors help students be successful in school. They also can assist with scheduling and graduation requirements.

Social and emotional skills

Learn how to deal with challenges

Students can seek help with issues, including family, friends, depression, self-esteem and drug and alcohol use.

Graduation requirements

Vancouver Public Schools currently requires 24 credits to graduate.

The new requirements, set by the Washington State Board of Education, were designed to enhance students’ preparedness for life after high school, whether it includes four-year or community college, trade school, military service, the workforce or any other aspirations.

In rare circumstances, a waiver of up to two elective credits could be available for students who attempt but do not reach 24 credits.

Questions about the changing requirements? Please contact your school counselor for more information.

Subject Credit
English 4 credits
Math 3 credits
Science 3 credits
Contemporary World Problems 1 credits
United States History 1 credits
World History 1 credits
Fine Arts 2 credits
P.E. 1.5 credits
Health 0.5 credits
Occupational Education 1 credits
World Language 2 credits
Miscellaneous elective 4 credits
Total 24 credits

The three credits of math consist of:

  • Integrated Math I/Algebra, Integrated Math II/Geometry and Integrated Math III/Algebra 2
  • Alternately, the third credit may also be completed through a math class that leads to a specific career goal identified in the High School and Beyond Plan. This option requires documentation, including a parent’s signature, of a third credit of math other than Integrated Math III or Algebra 2.

Beginning in 2020, Washington high school students will no longer be required to pass English/language arts, math and science tests to graduate. Instead, they will have other pathways to graduation.

Under a new law passed in 2019, students will have at least 10 pathways to earning a diploma (passing the existing state tests will be one of the options).

https://www.washingtonea.org/essa/testing/state-required-testing/

College-bound students should be aware that entrance requirements vary from college to college. Contact the college or university you plan to attend directly to learn about their specific admission requirements. In general, four-year public universities in Washington State require, at a minimum, the following for admission:

  • World Language
  • Lab Science
  • Fine, Visual and Performing Arts

Students will be required to earn a specific number of credits in six subject areas; these requirements are called the college academic distribution requirements, or CADRs. The subject areas are math, English, science, social sciences, world languages and the arts.

Academic resources

Community resources

  • Clark County Crisis Line
    Behavioral health crisis services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    360-696-9560 or 800-626-8137

  • Teen Talk
    Teen Talk offers non-judgmental peer-t0-peer support for a variety of topics.
    email: CCTeenTalk1@hotmail.com  or 360-397-2428

  • 211info
    Information and referral services regarding housing, medical, legal, transportation, community groups and support groups can be accessed in Clark County by calling 211 or (360) 694-8899.

News

Oct2016

College Goal Washington

October 13th, 2016|Comments Off on College Goal Washington

Washington State University Vancouver will hold College Goal Washington on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 1:00pm on the campus at WSUV. At this event you will receive assistance from financial aid professionals to complete the [...]