School counselors improve student success

Counselors are vital members of the education team. They help students thrive in school and work toward their school and life goals.

College and career development

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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


Students can seek help with personal issues, including family, friends, depression, self-esteem and drug and alcohol use.


To see a counselor, contact him or her or fill out an appointment-request form available outside the counselors’ office.

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 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.

Subject Credit
English 4 credits
Math 3 credits
Science 2 credits
Contemporary World Problems 1 credits
United States History 1 credits
World History 1 credits
Fine Arts 1 credits
P.E. 1.5 credits
Health 0.5 credits
Occupational Education 1 credits
Miscellaneous elective 6.5 credits
Total 22.5 credits

In addition to earning credits, students are required to pass certain state assessments.

Find out more about state testing >>

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.

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Please watch this short video from counselors about important forecasting info for 2018-2019 School Year!

Forecasting for 2018-2019 School Year

Upcoming Forecasting Dates: Forecasting is coming soon.  Remember to bring fully charged iPads on your forecasting day.  Dates: Wednesday, March 21st@Gaiser and Disco Thursday, March 22nd@Disco Friday, March 23rd@Jason Lee Monday, March 26th@McLoughlin Tuesday, March 27th-Juniors Wednesday,March 28th-Sophomores Thursday, March 29th-Freshmen April 19th and 20th-Student Led Conference (Make-up Forecasting/Last chance [...]


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Megan Fullbright, Counselor
Megan Fullbright
(students: A - EQ)
Lissa Potter
(students: LAN - RE)
Steph Lubbers
School Psychologist
Kara Hecker
(students: ER - LAM)
Ray Lions, counselor
Ray Lions
(students: RF - Z)
Debbie Dong
Counseling center clerk
Lorilee Huerena, career guidance specialist
Lorilee Huerena
Career Guidance Specialist, ACES Coordinator
Tina Johnson, intervention specialist
Tina Johnson
Intervention Specialist
Steph Lubbers
School Psychologist
Elizabeth Mikaele, counselor
Elizabeth Mikaele
Bay's Lieser Campus and Success Academy
Lissa Potter
(students: LAN - RE)