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

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

Mrs. Skonieczny, School Counselor, Class of 2019 (long term sub for Mrs. Kilpatrick)
Other duties: TCHS Coordinator, BTE Coordinator, Summer Enrichment Coordinator

Meet Our Office Staff

Mrs. Ashman, Secretary and Scheduler

Ms. Ehlinger, Counseling Clerk

Ms. Spinozzi, 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

May 1-May 12th: AP Exams

May 8th-12th: Senior Final Exams for those participating in Career Study Program

May 9th: registration deadline for June SAT 

May 15th- June 2nd: Class of 2017 Career Study Program

May 30th- June 2nd: Senior Final Exams for those not participating in Career Study

June 3rd: SAT testing @ PAHS

June 5th-9th:
Underclassmen Final Exams

June 9th: 
Class of 2017 Graduation and last student and teacher day

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

Class of 2017 Senior College Application Presentation (9/14/16)

2016 Financial Aid Presentation (9/29/16)

Class of 2018 College Planning Presentation (12/6/16)

Class of 2018, 2019, and 2020 Course Scheduling Presentation for Parents/Students (1/11/17)

AP Registration Information Night

Class of 2021 Scheduling Presentation for Parents (1/18/17)

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