Counseling Department

PAHS Counseling Department 

The American School Counseling Association (ASCA) as well as the Pennsylvania School Counseling Association (PSCA) asserts that school counseling is an integral part of the overall educational experience. Phoenixville Area School District's school counseling department is committed to provide all students with a comprehensive school counseling program which systematically addresses the three areas of academic, career, and personal/social development. It is our belief that in doing so, we assist students in exploring, planning, and realizing their individual interests, abilities, and goals, thus helping them reach their full potential as productive members of society.

Academic Support Services:
- pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with grade level counselor 2x/year
- course scheduling assistance
- graduation requirements
- tutoring services
- goal setting
- transitioning to high school

Social/Emotional Support Services
- individual counseling sessions
- short term counseling for crises, anxiety, conflict resolution, bullying, and transitioning
- collaboration with teachers, parents, administrators and mental health coordinators if needed for outside referals
- groups

College/Career Support Services
- Naviance classroom sessions with counselor 2x/year
- one-on-one meetings with College Counselor beginning junior year
- college admissions rep information sessions
- military recruiter visits
- resume development
- NCAA student-athlete review and eligibility
- summer college application completion sessions
- senior college app day
- instant decision days with colleges
- college essay workshops and review sessions
- college bus trips
- career week

Meet Our Counselors

Mrs. Bhalla, College and Career Counselor
Other duties: Scholarship Coordinator, college fair, college tour,
college rep liasion, college planning evening programs coordinator,
Counseling Department website, military liasion and ASVAB testing,
Career Week Coordinator

Mr. William Gumby, School Counselor, Class of 2020

Other duties: Dual Enrollment Coordinator and Rosetta Stone Coordinator

Mrs. Kilpatrick, Class of 2019 
Other duties: TCHS Coordinator, BTE Coordinator, Summer Enrichment Coordinator

Ms. Osborn, School Counselor, Class of 2018
Other duties: AP Coordinator, SSD Coordinator, SAP Team

Mr. Shackelford, School Counselor, Class of 2017
Other duties: Department Chair, SAT Coordinator, SAT Boot Camp Coordinator, SAP Team, Concussion Management Team, Saturday School Coordinator

Meet Our Office Staff

Mrs. Ashman, Secretary and Course Scheduler

Ms. Sauser, Counseling Clerk

Counseling Department Office Hours 
7:00 am- 3:15 pm

Counselor Hours
7:15 am- 2:45 pm

Contact Us

Upcoming Events/Dates
February 15th: Students Off (parent/teacher conferences)

February 16th: Students Off (parent/teacher conferences)

February 19th: School Closed

February 20th: SAT Boot camp registration deadline

February 22nd:
  SAT Boot Camp

March 6th
College/Career Fair; 6-8 pm; PAHS Gymnasium

March 9th: ACT registration deadline for April ACT

March 10th:
SAT testing at PAHS and other local high schools

March 21st: SAT school day testing; registration now closed

March 26th- March 30th: School Closed (spring break)

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