Current Announcements

  • All district parents and students are invited to the "College & Career Challenge--Find Your Future GPS" event on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at 7 p.m. at the Downingtown West High School Auditorium (Snow date January 30). Please see the flyer below for more details!

    The College & Career Challenge

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  • Upon return from Winter Break, all 11th grade students will have individual meetings with their counselors to focus on their specific college and career plans. Parents are encouraged to attend this meeting. If interested in joining your child, you can schedule your meeting during select days throughout the month of January by using the online scheduling system link here--you will be leaving the Downingtown website by clicking on this link:

    Conference Scheduling

    Or, you may also contact Nancy Hanft in the West Counseling Department at 610-269-4400 or We suggest you and your child discuss a time that minimizes the loss of class time, such as study hall or lunch. Please note that there will be evening hours offered on January 17 and January 22 to better accommodae family schedules.

    Prior to your conference, please complete this short survey regarding your student -- Junior Conference Form

    We look forward to partnering with you as we guide your child in the process of selecting and applying to college, trade and technical schools.



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  • College Admission Representatives:

    Please note that we are now using Rep Visits, an outside source, for scheduling visits to our campus. You may schedule a visit at We look forward to your visit this fall!

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Counseling Department...

  •   DHS West Counseling Department
    610-269-4400 (phone)   610-514-0279 (fax)
    CEEB Code: 391-033
    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.
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Support Staff

Name Title Hours Extension Email Address
Nancy Hanft Secretary 7:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. x7536
Diana Ryan Registrar/Secretary 7:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. x7505
Christine Wick College & Career Center Advisor Monday & Wednesday: 7:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Friday: 7:15-10:30 a.m. x5519