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
bhallam@pasd.com
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, Counselor for students last names A-EL
gumbyw@pasd.com
Other duties: dual enrollment coordinator and Rosetta Stone Coordinator

Mrs. Kilpatrick, Counselor for students last names Em-Le
kilpatricke@pasd.com
Other duties: TCHS coordinator, BTE coordinator, summer enrichment coordinator and SAP team member

Ms. Osborn, Counselor for students last names Li-Ro
osbornk@pasd.com
Other duties: AP coordinator, SSD coordinator, and SAP team member

Mr. Shackelford, Counselor for students last names Ru-Z
shackelfordj@pasd.com
Other duties: SAT coordinator, SAT boot camp coordinator, SAP team member, Concussion Management Team, and Saturday School coordinator

Mrs. White, Clerk
Mrs. Ashman, Secretary

Upcoming Events/Dates

March 1st: AP Exam Registration (students need to provide a check for each exam directly to the teacher)

March 5th
: College/Career Fair (6:00-8:00 pm; HS gymnasium) Click here to view the flyer.

March 8th: registration deadline for April ACT 

March 9th:
SAT testing at PAHS

March 19th:
Class of 2020 Career Exploration Project Presentations

March 19th: Class of 2019 Graduation Meeting

March 22nd: end of 3rd marking period

March 22nd: Class of 2019 Career Study Applications due

April 9th: SAT School Day testing (registration now closed)

April 13th: ACT testing at local high schools

April 19th- April 26th: school closed for spring break

May 1st: Class of 2019 Decision Day


Department Hours

The Counseling Office is open 7:00 am-3:15 pm Monday-Friday. Counselors are available 7:10 am- 2:40 pm Monday-Friday. 

Office Phone Number: 484-927-5114
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