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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.
|Contemporary World Problems||1 credits|
|United States History||1 credits|
|World History||1 credits|
|Fine Arts||2 credits|
|Occupational Education||1 credits|
|World Language||2 credits|
|Miscellaneous elective||4 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).
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.
Contacting your Counselor
Official Transcripts are ordered from the MAIN OFFICE. Counselors are only capable of providing unofficial transcripts to students.
Schedule changes for incorrect level placement or a hole in your schedule will happen during the first week of school.
Schedule changes for electives will begin after Labor Day (September 3rd) and go until the 15th day of school.
Avant testing: typically during the spring.
FAFSA opens October 1st.
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
Clark County Crisis: 1-800-626-8137 or 360-696-9560
Teen Talk: 360-397-2428