Counselors 2017-10-03T12:27:19+00:00
Kristina Howe
School Counselor
DEK-HOV (9-12th grade), AVID
Chris Erdman
Career Specialist
Chrissy Brown
School Counselor
SEA-Z (9-12th grade)
George Geranios
School Counselor
A-DEJ (9-12th grade)
Jay Gowen
School Counselor
MID-SCU (9-12th grade)
Julie-Anne Vanover
ELL Counselor
Freshman Corps, Re-engagement
Stephanie Jakubek
School Counselor
Students on IEPs and Credit Deficient Seniors
Matt Gruhler
School Counselor
HOW-MIC (9-12th grade)

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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 credits could be available for students who attempt but do not reach 24 credits.

Questions about the changing requirements? Please contact a school counselor or career specialist for more information.

Subject Credit
English 4 credits
Math 3 credits
Science 2 credits
Contemporary world problems 1 credits
United States history 1 credits
Fine arts 1 credits
Occupational education 1 credits
P.E. 1.5 credits
Health 0.5 credits
Washington state history 0.5 credits
Social studies elective 0.5 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 22.5 credits, students are required to pass the High School Proficiency Exam, or HSPE. The HSPE is a test required by state law for all 10th-grade students. Students must pass the reading and writing HSPE, a state-approved alternative to the HSPE or an assessment for students in special education.

The end-of-course, or EOC, math/biology exams are tests required by state law for all students enrolled in algebra, geometry and Algebra II or equivalent career and technical education math and biology courses. Current state law requires students to pass both math EOCs and the biology EOC. Students can also meet the math requirement by passing a state-approved alternative, or an assessment for students in special education.

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:

  • English—four years
  • Social studies—three years
  • Math—three years of Algebra I, geometry and advanced algebra
  • Science—two years of biology, chemistry or physics
  • Foreign languages—two years of the same foreign language
  • Fine arts—one year

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. Ninth-grade students who plan to apply for admission to any of Washington’s public baccalaureate institutions must earn three credits in CADR courses each year of high school, including their 12th-grade year.