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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.
|Contemporary World Problems||1 credits|
|United States History||1 credits|
|World History||1 credits|
|Fine Arts||1 credits|
|Occupational Education||1 credits|
|Miscellaneous elective||6.5 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.