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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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


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

Check out the Counseling Center for more resources!


Students and families can email counselors to arrange a meeting, ask questions, and get more information. Students and families can also call their counselor, however, be advised that counselors are often unable to take phone calls during the school day. Email is the fastest and most efficient way to contact a counselor.

During remote learning, students can reach out to counselors via the email listed below. Counselors can “meet” with students by email, phone call, or pre-scheduled Zoom sessions.

When school is in person, students can stop by the Counseling Center and fill out a blue slip. Counselors will receive the blue slip and will send a green call slip for the student when they are able to meet.

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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