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, goals, thus helping them reach their full potential as productive members of society.

Academic Support Services include: pre-scheduled 1-on-1 meetings with grade level counselors 2x/year, course scheduling assistance, graduation requirements, tutoring services, goal setting, and transitioning to high school.

Social/Emotional Support Services include: 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 referrals and groups.

College/Career Support Services include: naviance classroom sessions with grade level counselor, 1-on-1 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, and college campus visits.

Counseling Department Staff

Mrs. Bhalla, College and Career Counselor
Other duties: scholarship coordinator, college fair coordinator, college and military rep liasion, college planning evening programs coordinator, counseling department webmaster, and career study program coordinator 

Mr. Gumby, Class of 2020 Counselor
Other duties: dual enrollment coordinator and Rosetta Stone Coordinator

Mrs. Kilpatrick, Class of 2019 Counselor
Other duties: TCHS coordinator, BTE coordinator, summer enrichment coordinator and SAP team member

Ms. Osborn, Class of 2022 Counselor
Other duties: AP coordinator, SSD coordinator, and SAP team member

Mr. Shackelford, Class of 2021 Counselor and District Coordinator
Other duties: SAT coordinator, SAT boot camp coordinator, SAP team member, Concussion Management Team, and Saturday School coordinator

*Starting the second semester the counselors will be alpha-range counselors instead of grade-level counselors. The new assignments are below and will begin on January 22, 2019.

Students Last Name Begins With

Counselor as of 1/22/19


Mr. Gumby


Mrs. Kilpatrick


Ms. Osborn


Mr. Shackelford

Mrs. White, Clerk

Upcoming Events/Dates

December 24th- January 1st: school closed (winter break)

January 9th: Class of 2019 Graduation Project Presentations

January 9th: Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022 Electives Presentation/PSAT Score Review

January 9th: Class of 2020, 2021 and 2022 Scheduling Presentation for Parents (time: TBD)

January 9th: Class of 2023 Scheduling Presentation for Parents (time: TBD)

January 15th- 18th: mid-term exams (1/2 day for students)

January 21st:
school closed 

Department Hours

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

Counselor Hours: 7:10 am- 2:40 pm

Contact Us: 484-927-5114
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