How can we help?

To meet with a counselor, please contact them via email, phone, or fill out an appointment-request form available outside the counselors’ office.

Chris Erdman
Counselor
Career Specialist
Stephanie Hochhaus
Counselor
ELL and IEP Counselor
George Geranios
Counselor
A-DE (9-12th grade)
Stephanie Jakubek
Counselor
DI - G (9-12th) & Credit Deficient Seniors
Matt Gruhler
Counselor
H - MAN (9-12th grade)
Jay Gowen
Counselor
MAR - RO (9-12th grade)
Chrissy Brown
Counselor
RU - Z (9-12th grade)

College and Career Development

Explore college and careers

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 personal issues, including family, friends, depression, self-esteem and drug and alcohol use.

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.

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.

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/

Hello and congrats, you are either a Senior or the parent/guardian of a Senior! As this year commences and closes, we have provided a list of some basics that you will want to consider. If you have any questions, please reach out to your designated counselor!

  • Your high School and Beyond, which is completed in Xello.
  • You have ordered your Cap and Gown.
  • You have discussed what classes you still need, and what classes you need to recover.
  • You have talked with your counselor or parent/guardian about what your plans are for life after high school! (see the next tab for more information on that)
  • You have paid or are working towards paying your fines.
  • Have a good time and try new things that you might have been interested in!

 

 

College and Career Specialist | Chris Erdman – Chris.erdman@vansd.org 


 

For High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP) specifics, here is a helpful hand out!

 

Have you applied for your FAFSA or WASFA yet? Even if you aren’t sure if you’ll get money, it is better to still apply! Applications open October 1st. 

 

Depending on what college you want to attend, you may or may not have to take the SAT or ACT. For upcoming dates outside of school, check the links below.

 

For more information, please visit the College and Career Center’s website:

Crisis and suicide prevention resources

For emergency dial 911, or from cell phone 112

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK  or (1-800-273-8255)

Crisis Textline: Text TALK to 741741

1-866-4-U-TREVOR: 1-866-488-7386

Clark County Crisis: 1-800-626-8137 or 360-696-9560

Teen Talk: 360-397-2428

Crisis Chat

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

Take 5 to save lives

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration