Counselors

Counselors 2017-11-03T14:57:56+00:00
Stephanie Jakubek
Counselor
School Counselor
Students on IEPs and Credit Deficient Seniors
Julie-Anne Vanover
Counselor
School Counselor
ELL Students/Administrative Intern
Chris Erdman
Counselor
Career Specialist
George Geranios
Counselor
School Counselor
A-DEJ (9-12th grade)
Kristina Howe
AVID, Counselor
School Counselor
DEK-HOV (9-12th grade), AVID
Matt Gruhler
Counselor
School Counselor
HOW-MIC (9-12th grade)
Jay Gowen
Counselor
School Counselor
MID-SCU (9-12th grade)
Chrissy Brown
Counselor
School Counselor
SEA-Z (9-12th grade)

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.

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

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

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Graduation requirements

Vancouver Public Schools currently requires 22.5 credits to graduate. This requirement will continue through the class of 2019.

Beginning with the class of 2020, the number of credits needed to graduate from a VPS high school will increase to 24. 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 2 credits
Contemporary World Problems 1 credits
United States History 1 credits
World History 1 credits
Fine Arts 1 credits
P.E. 1.5 credits
Health 0.5 credits
Occupational Education 1 credits
Miscellaneous elective 6.5 credits
Total 22.5 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.

In addition to earning credits, students are required to pass certain state assessments.

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.