Downingtown STEM Academy Counseling Department
    610-269-8460, ext. 7206 (phone) -- 484-694-5590 (fax)
    CEEB Code: 391-036
    Transcript Submission
    Transcript and Letter of Recommendation request forms will be available in the Counseling Office in mid-September 2017.
    Most colleges require that your school counselor send an OFFICIAL high school transcript. 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. If you need an unofficial copy of your transcript to reference for self-report options, please email your counselor directly.
    Application Due Transcript Request Due to Counseling Office
    November 1 October 16
    November 15 October 30
    November 30 & December 1 November 8
    December 15 November 28
    January 1 December 4
     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 has been received. 
    11th Grade College Planning Night
    The STEM Academy Counseling Department hosted our annual 11th Grade College Night on January 17th. Mrs. Wallin, 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
    Please join us for 
    The STEM Academy Counseling Department hosted our annual Financial Aid Night on November 14thRepresentatives 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 

    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 page. 
    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.