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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,

 FTC College Fair

FTC will be hosting our first college fair of the year on Wednesday, 9/13 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the cafeteria.  This fair is scheduled so that parents can participate.  It is open to all grade levels and scheduled to correspond with the Senior/Parent meeting (6:00 in the auditorium) so it will be convenient for seniors and their parents.
FTC Counselors and representatives from 44 colleges and technical schools will be attending to give you information and answer your questions. Please see below for a list of confirmed schools. We'll see you there!
SENIORS & PARENTS - Save the Date
The FAFSA (financial aid) filing window opens on 10/1/17 for the 2018/19 school year.  Counselors will be on hand to assist you in completing the FAFSA during Back to School Night on Thursday October 5, 2017. More information will follow shortly.


Alvernia University

Arcadia University

Art Institute of Philadelphia

Bloomsburg University

Brightwood Career Institute

Bryn Athyn College

Cabrini College

Cairn University

Chestnut Hill College

Cheyney University

Clarion University

College of New Jersey

Community College of Philadelphia

Eastern University

Goldey-Beacom College

Gwynedd-Mercy College

Holy Family University

Hussian School of Art

Immaculata University

Iona College

Jean Madeline Aveda Institute

JNA Institute of Culinary Arts


Johnson & Wales University

King’s College

Kutztown University

Lebanon Valley College

Lehigh University

Manor College

Messiah College

Mansfield University

Millersville University

Monmouth University

Moore College of Art & Design

Moravian College

Philadelphia Police Department Explorers

Rosemont College

Shippensburg University

St. John’s College


Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

West Chester University

Wilson College

York College of Pennsylvania



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. 

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.