Schedule Your Junior Meeting!
The Counseling Department will be holding forty-five minute individual junior meetings during the school day for students and parents that will focus on college planning during the month of March. We request that you identify a date and time that works best for you and your child’s schedule. Please be mindful of any upcoming in-class assessments when selecting your appointment time.
We ask students to take some time prior to their appointment to complete their junior meeting survey that can be found here
. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your child's counselor. Please click on the following link to schedule your Junior Meeting: https://ptcfast.com/schools/Downingtown_STEM_Academy_1
11th Grade College Planning Night
The STEM Academy Counseling Department hosted our annual 11th Grade College Night on January 24th. Mrs. Timm Dinkins, Mrs. McGavin-Wiedlich, and Mrs. Glowik shared information about the college planning and application process. Thank you to all of the junior parents and students who attended. A copy of the presentation can be found here
, as well as a copy of the handouts
that were distributed.
Financial Aid Night
The STEM Academy Counseling Department hosted our annual Financial Aid Night on November 14th. Representatives from St. Joseph’s University Office of Financial Affairs and the PA Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) reviewed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), the CSS Profile, as well as the complete financial aid process. You can access the presentations from our Financial Aid Night below:
Presented by Michael Burke, PHEAA - Pennsylvania School Services
Presented by James N. Jackson, Admissions Counselor, St. Joseph's University
Naviance User Guide
provides step-by-step instructions on how to use Naviance as part of the college application process. Also included is general information and FAQs about the college process, as well as information about the Coalition for Access and Affordability
Transcript and Letter of Recommendation request forms are now available in Counseling Office!
Most colleges require that your school counselor send an OFFICIAL high school transcript. In most cases, transcripts will be submitted online through Naviance, with the exception of the Coalition for Access and Affordability application. Please see your counselor if you plan to use this application. You can request transcripts by filling out the pink transcript request form (available in the counseling office). With the completion of college applications and deadlines, we request that you adhere to the following transcript deadlines. In general, we ask that you allow for 10 school days for your counselor to submit your transcript.
||Transcript Request Due to Counseling Office
|November 30 & December 1
SENIORS: Please be aware that it can take colleges several weeks to confirm the receipt of your transcript once it is sent by your counselor. Many colleges send automated emails reminding applicants to submit their transcript (even if the transcript has already been received). While your counselor can confirm when a transcript has been submitted, we recommend that you contact your prospective college(s) directly to confirm that a transcript hasn't been received.
Downingtown STEM Academy Counseling Department
610-269-8460, ext. 7206 (phone) -- 484-694-5590 (fax)
CEEB Code: 391-036
The mission of the Downingtown Area School District school Counseling Department is to provide a comprehensive program addressing the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students. In partnership with the school community, counselors provide opportunity to develop a foundation that allows students to identify and explore individual abilities and interests. School counselors facilitate a support system that promotes academic and personal achievement and fosters the skills necessary for students to grow and contribute as productive members of a global society.
Appointment Scheduling and Hours of Operation
The counseling department is open Monday-Friday from 7:00am to 3:00pm. The counseling department operates on a "walk-in" approach - students are not required to have an appointment to stop in and see their counselor. If the counselor is not available when a students drops in, they will be asked to schedule an appointment at a later time. Students are welcome to schedule an appointment if they prefer, and parents are encouraged to schedule an appointment as well to ensure a counselor will be available when they come in.
To schedule an appointment, students can come to the counseling office and have Mrs. Zach, Counseling Secretary, schedule the appointment. Students can also email their counselor directly to set up an appointment. Parents are encouraged to contact Mrs. Zach or their student's counselor for an appointment. You can find contact information for a counselor on the Contact Information