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Franklin Towne Charter High School’s Guidance Department consists of four full-time counselors whose primary goal is to monitor and ensure the academic and emotional success of all FTCHS students.

The overall goals of our department are:

1. To monitor the academic progress of all FTCHS students.
2. To aid students in learning the skills necessary to be successful in life.
3. To educate students in the steps necessary in transitioning from high school to college and the world beyond. Use the auxiliary Guidance pages below for information regarding college preparation and other opportunities available to students.
4. To help students become independent and self-sufficient.
5. To teach students to be successful and productive!

During the course of the year you may be contacted by members of the Franklin Towne Guidance Department.  We stand ready to help ensure that your child is getting the most out of their educational experiences at FTCHS and we welcome your feedback!

The Counselors Are:

Patrick Drewry (Caseload-last names A-D) 215-289-5000 x3009,

Elizabeth Kaisinger (Caseload-last names E-Ki) 215-289-5000 x3008,

Christopher Logan (Caseload-last names Kl-Rd) 215-289-5000 x3015,

Lindsay Runyen (Caseload-last names Re-Z) 215-289-5000 x3007,
Fair Opportunity Project - Click Here
The Fair Opportunity Project is one of the highest-quality college application and financial aid guides that is available for high school students - and it is free. The mission of the project is getting students from every background and zip code a fair opportunity within the college application process. 
Interested in looking to careers that might be a great fit for you? Check out the resources below that can help you search!

Summer Language Immersion

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program was launched in 2006 to promote critical language learning among American youth. The U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with American Councils for International Education, awards and administers merit-based scholarships to high school students for participation in summer (6 weeks) and academic year (9 months) immersion programs in locations where the seven NSLI-Y languages are spoken. NSLI-Y immerses participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.

Tuition, airfare, and other in-country expenses for NSLI-Y programs are covered in full by scholarship from the U.S. Department of State. For more information, please visit The NSLI-Y languages are Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Turkish, Persian, Hindi, Russian, and Bahasa Indonesian.

The Philadelphia information session will take place on Saturday, October 14 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in room 108 of the ARCH building. Snacks and light refreshments will be provided. At the panel, you will have an opportunity to hear from local NSLI-Y alumni who are currently in college. Each of the alumni speakers will speak shortly about his/her experience abroad with NSLI-Y and following the presentations, we will have a moderated panel discussion and Q&A session.

Please visit for more information. 



FTCHS students are eligible for a free fee waiver for applying to Drexel if the application is completed via the Common Application. More information can be found at - Please see your counselor if you are interested in Drexel University. 

Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week

PFEW give students firsthand experience with American free market economics and help them understand how our economy, and its health, affects them no matter what career path they may follow. Open to 10th or 11th grade students in good academic standing. Students do not need to be currently enrolled in a business course to apply. Every student accepted will be awarded a scholarship to attend this program provided by a local business or community organization- which covers all costs for their week (i.e, meals, room and board, program supplies, etc.).

This year's sessions will take place at Lycoming College and Pennsylvania College of Technology (7/29-8/4 only).  Registration costs $285. The "Early Bird" application deadline for PFEW 2017 is March 2, 2018. The final deadline is April 6, 2018 *  For more information and to apply, please visit  Students MUST print out a signature sheet to be sign and mail to the PFEW office for the application to be complete.  Please see your Guidance Counselor for more information.

The dates are : Week I, July 2-8; Week II, July 9-15; Week III, July 23-29, and Week IV, July 30 - August 5


Tyler School of Art Weekend Workshops 2017-2018 

Fall 2017- 10/7/17 to 12/8/17 

Spring 2018- 2/3/18 to 3/24/18 
Please visit or the Guidance Department for more details.   


The University of the Arts Pre-College Saturday School

High School classes ready to motivate eager students. Classes are taught by UArts faculty, who practice their specialties and merge their experiences into their Saturday School curriculum.  One day, three hours, eight weeks. Please visit 

Please visit the Guidance Department for scholarship opportunities and for more information.