Vancouver Arts and Academics
December 17, 2014


Student Access

 Parent Resources

 Calendar of Events


Bonnie Little

The best way to contact Bonnie is by email  at or call her at 360-313-4607.  Her regular hours are from 9am to 4:30pm every day; earlier or later appointments are possible as needed.  

Susan Cushwa can be reached at or call her at 313-4584. Her hours are all day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning.

If you have an emergency and cannot reach a counselor, please call the main office at 360-313-4600 and they will help you find assistance.  Students may also sign up to see their counselor outside their office door.

College Planning: Where to begin
8th Grade Orientation to the High School Program
Parent tips for helping children cope with tragedy_2_0.docx

                                         The VSAA Counseling and Guidance Program


The counseling and guidance program at VSAA provides a comprehensive approach to student services.  As counselors, we support the teaching of guidance curriculum in the classroom through Advocacy, and also provide direct instruction in the areas of problem solving, conflict resolution, college planning, and career guidance.  We work individually with students and consult with parents and teachers in regard to any academic and personal/social needs that may impact their success in the classroom.  In addition, we provide counseling for students in regard to life issues and stressors that are impacting success in school and in the community; consultation with parents and staff; crisis intervention, and community information and referral as needed. 

Bonnie Little, M.S.W. School Social Worker provides counseling services, career guidance, and college planing to students in grades 9 through 12.

Susan Cushwa, M.Ed. School counselor provides counseling services and guidance to students in grades 6 through 8.

Monthly News…..PSAT tickets are being sold in the Business Office for $14. The test is Wednesday, October 15.

*All high school parents are encouraged to become familiar with the CAREER web page on the VSAA website: containing valuable information about college visits to VSAA. If you click on the “Events” link on the Career page you will find a list of information sessions with national universities and liberal arts colleges in Portland. There are links for scholarships, testing, and career information.  

*On September 22, juniors and seniors will begin working on their High School and Beyond Plan, a graduation requirement. CAREER CRUISING is the Career Exploration website that all Vancouver high school students use to complete the Career Planning tasks for their High School and Beyond Plan and their Culminating Project.  Students can access their Career Portfolio from home with their own unique username and password.  


* College Bound Scholarship: Seniors who are eligible for the College Bound Scholarship should file the FAFSA by February 1, 2015. All seniors are encouraged to file a FAFSA to be eligible for scholarship opportunities at the schools where they have an application. For scholarship listings go to the VSAA web page and click on CAREER and then “Scholarships”. Contact Bonnie Little if you have questions.


VSAA  HIGH SCHOOL CODE NUMBER for all testing & the college application process is 481480.




Attention all 7th and  8th grade students, you maybe eligible for the College Bound Scholarship. This scholarship offers the promise of tuition and books to qualifying 7th , 8th and graders in the state of Washington. It covers the amount of tuition (at public college rates) not covered by other state financial aid, plus $500 for books. You can use it at two or four-year colleges. How to apply:  Go to the following website to check income eligibility and sign up:  If you have questions or need help signing up, please call Susan Cushwa for assistance at 313-4600. Students who are eligible this year need to sign up by June 30, 2015.



211   Information and Referral:  Information regarding housing, medical, legal, transportation, community groups and support groups can be accessed in Clark County by calling 211 or (360) 694-8899.


Clark County Crisis Line: For adults and children who are experiencing a mental health crisis, services are available for 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all Clark County residents.           

(360) 696-9560 or (800) 626-8137


If you need someone to talk to and are NOT in Crisis you can call either

** TeenTalk at (360) 397-2428    Mon – Thurs 4pm – 9pm, Fri 4pm – 7pm   or  


** CVAB Warm Line at (360) 750-2012 or (360) 750-2014

Daily 5pm to 10pm