How can we help?

Hello, due to COVID-19 students will be initiating virtual learning for at least the first half of the academic year. For any concerns please feel free to email your counselor.

CLICK HERE for 2020 remote learning schedule!

 

Chris Erdman
Career Center, 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.

As a counseling team our main goals are to ensure student safety, academic success, preparedness for life after high school, and over all mental health needs.

When speaking with your school counselor certain things are confidential, and other things we may have to report. If you or a student is in harm, harming yourself, or harming others we are mandated to report to the proper authorities. 

 

  • What is peer pressure?
    • Peer pressure can take many forms, but in general it is “a feeling that one must do the same things as other people of one’s age and social group in order to be liked or respected by them” (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peer%20pressurehttps://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peer%20pressure). 
    • While often times peer pressure results in things that are not 

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/

  • Running Start
    • The Running Start program allows high school juniors and seniors to earn college credits while completing their high school education—saving students money while advancing their education. Students are able to attend college, at minimal cost, while still living at home as a high school student.

      Students are able to select courses that challenge them academically and provide real-world applications. Many students earn their associate’s degree and leave prepared to start a career or transfer to a four-year institution to pursue their bachelor’s degree.

      • Enrollment Verification Form (EVF) – is required every term and must be signed by your high school counselor and submitted prior to the tuition/fees payment due date.

      There are two locations where you may drop off your forms:

      • Main campus – turn into the Enrollment Services office in Gaiser Hall
      • CTC campus – turn into the Student Services office at Clark College at Columbia Tech Center
  • Cascadia Tech 
    • Prepare for an exciting career

      The Cascadia Tech Academy (formerly Clark County Skills Center) serves juniors and seniors in 10 local school districts, including Vancouver Public Schools. These students are eligible to apply for half-day programs ranging from aviation technology and criminal justice to fashion merchandising/management and homeland security.

      VPS provides transportation for students who are expected to ride the bus if they are accepted into any program, except fire science, at Cascadia Tech Academy.

      Application process

      All sophomores have opportunities to learn about the academy through presentations at their schools. Interested students also can attend an annual tour.

      Application is required to enroll in an academy program. Please speak to a VPS high school career specialist or contact the Cascadia Tech Academy for more information.

    • APPLY HERE
  • SMT – Science Math and Technology Magnet
    • The Skyview Science, Math and Technology Magnet, or SMTM, is dedicated to providing a challenging academic program that prepares students for college-level study while letting them participate in a traditional high school experience. The program focuses on the integration of rigorous science, math and technology content to solve difficult problems using a hands-on approach. Skyview’s SMTM also offers Project Lead The Way pre-engineering, computer science courses, including video game programming courses. These courses emphasize problem-solving skills and design processes used by engineers and programmers that are incorporated with state-of-the-art technology and hands-on projects.

      Advanced Placement (college-level) science and math classes are also offered to earn college credit for universities within the United States. Individual and group research, design projects and academic competitions allow students to experience the challenges of their future careers. If a student is considering a career with a foundation in science, engineering, technology or math, then successful participation in the Skyview SMTM will ensure them the necessary coursework to build a competitive transcript when applying for admission to future programs, colleges and universities.

  • AVID
    • Advancement via Individual Determination, or AVID, is a college-readiness program that equips students with the necessary tools and skills needed to be successful in a four-year university program. AVID students are taught organizational strategies and study skills, use collaboration to solve problems and receive help with college admissions and prep tests. Skyview’s AVID program creates a close-knit, supportive community that helps our students build a strong foundation for their future academic, professional and personal success.
    • Teachers of AVID:
      • Erin Annis: English, AVID 12th Grade Elective, AP Language Composition
      • Nate Macon: AP physics, AVID
      • Torie Sharpe: English, AVID 9th Grade Elective
    • OPTION 1: Online E-Application <– Simply click the link, and fill out the information on the form.
    • OPTION 2: Digital Application Google Doc <– Open the document and go to “File” then “Make a Copy” and be sure to save it to your Google Drive. This is a completely fillable form. Then, email your completed application to erin.annis@vansd.org

As a counseling team our main goals are to ensure student safety, academic success, preparedness for life after high school, and over all mental health needs. If you are interested in receiving mental health services (therapy) pease reach out to your school counselor to see what options you have!

When speaking with your school counselor certain things are confidential, and other things we may have to report. If you or a student is in harm, harming yourself, or harming others we are mandated to report to the proper authorities. 

What is stress?!

  • “In a medical or biological context stress is a physical, mental, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. Stresses can be external (from the environment, psychological, or social situations) or internal (illness, or from a medical procedure). ” (https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=20104) 

Stress happens to everyone! No matter how common it is, everyone experiences it differently. For some people stress can help them get more work done, but for some people it can be debilitating. Here are some methods to help get through the stressful times:

  • Work out/Exercise: there are plenty of great, free work out videos on youtube that can easily replace a gym! 
  • Go for a walk.
  • Make a list to help organize all the tasks you are stressed about.
  • Ask for help from a trusted person!
  • Practice Mindfulness.

Stress can lead to more serious mental health concerns like Anxiety or Depression. It is important to ask for help when you feel like you cannot handle the pressure on your own anymore! Asking for help is a sign of strength, we are here to help.

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.
  • Have you ordered your Cap and Gown.
  • Have you discussed what classes you still need, and what classes you need to recover?
  • Have you 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!

    • https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IlnZHBZmxIyWOCuhoeIs5_slYjAPIqKJ/view?usp=sharing 

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