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
bhallam@pasd.com

Mr. William Gumby, School Counselor, Class of 2020

Other duties: Dual Enrollment Coordinator and Rosetta Stone Coordinator
gumbyw@pasd.com

Mrs. Kilpatrick, Class of 2019 
Other duties: TCHS Coordinator, BTE Coordinator, Summer Enrichment Coordinator
kilpatricke@pasd.com

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

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
shackelfordj@pasd.com



Meet Our Office Staff

Mrs. Ashman, Secretary and Course Scheduler
484-927-5114

Ms. Sauser, Counseling Clerk
484-927-5114


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

Counselor Hours
7:15 am- 2:45 pm

Contact Us
484-927-5114

Upcoming Events/Dates
 

August 28th: First day of school for students

September 14th: Class of 2018 Parent Presentation on the College Application Process

September 21st: Students off; staff in-service

October 1st: FAFSA opens for Class of 2018 students/parents

October 10th: Financial Aid Night; Time: 6:30 pm; Location: High School Auditorium

October 11th: PSAT Testing for grades 9-11; College App Day for 12th grade








2017-2018 Evening Presentations- please click on the event title to view the powerpoint from that evening program for students and parents



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