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Attention Senior Parents!
Senior parents, please contact your child's Counselor to schedule his/her college/career school planning meeting. 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,
~ College Week College Fair ~
 ALL Franklin Towne Charter High School students are invited to participate in our annual College Week College Fair. 
On Thursday October 26th, the FTCHS Class of 2018 will have an opportunity to attend the College Fair during 4th block. Students in the classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021 will have the opportunity to attend the college fair immediately following the dismissal bell at 3:00PM. Please see below for the list of schools that will be attending the college fair:

Alvernia University
Arcadia University
Art Institute of Philadelphia
Bloomsburg University
Brightwood Career Institute
Bryn Athyn College
Cabrini College
Chestnut Hill College
Cheyney University
Community College of Philadelphia
Delaware Valley College
DeSales University
Drexel University
Eastern University
Gwynedd-Mercy College
Holy Family University
Hussian School of Art
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Jean Madeline Aveda Institute
JNA Institute of Culinary Arts
King's College
Lackawanna College
LaSalle University
Manor College
Mansfield University
Millersville University
Misericordia University
Moore College of Art & Design
Moravian College
Morgan State University
Penn State University
Philadelphia Police Department Explorers
Robert Morris University
Rosemont College
Shippensburg University
St. Joseph's University
University of Pittsburgh
University of the Sciences
Villanova University
West Chester University
Westminister College
Widener University



Franklin Towne Charter High School Towne College Bound (TCB) Program

Students at FTCHS participate in the TCB Program beginning in 9th grade. Through the TCB Program we hope to help students develop and implement goals for their future. We believe that students will be most successful if they are taught how to set and implement goals and are encouraged to expand their horizons and gain the information necessary to make good decisions about their future.  Our focus is to help students begin to think about their futures and create a 10-year plan.  Goals are then focused around that initial plan, which is regularly reviewed and adjusted as needed.

As part of the TCB Program all students participate in College Day and our fall and spring College Fairs. Freshman begin to explore career and college options with surveys and inventories. Sophomores learn about career exploration and participate in Career Day. Sophomores and Juniors prepare for their SAT and ACT testing. Juniors take their SAT and/or ACT tests and complete their post-secondary planning, and prepare for application completion as Seniors. Seniors complete their post-secondary applications, FAFSA forms, get information on researching and applying for scholarships, and are assisted in making final plans and transitioning to post-secondary education.

All students participate in activities designed to reinforce goal setting, exploring their post-secondary options and planning for their future including building a portfolio and one-on-one meetings with their Counselor.

For a list of activities and a suggested timeline by grade level, please see the links below.
How Do Colleges Choose Among Applicants?
1) The student's high school academic record including: a. Types of courses pursued, b. Level of difficulty, c. Grade point average (GPA), d. Class rank
2) Marked improvement in scholastic achievement from year to year.
3) Letters of recommendation from teachers, administrators, counselors and others (2 letters are usually sufficient).
4) Standardized exams: SAT Reasoning Test and/or the SAT, sometimes SAT II Subject Tests are required.
5) Indication of special ability: art, music, leadership, athletics.
6) Service to the school and community. Activity sheet/resume goes a long way in the college selection process.  Start early and grow in terms of involvement and leadership throughout your high school career.  Use your Brag Sheet to keep track of activities.
7) Neatness and accuracy of the application
8) The college essay
9) The personal interview (if required)

Virtual College Tours

Visiting colleges and universities is an important part of the post-secondary planning process.  With our busy lives, sometimes getting on to a particular campus is difficult, or not possible due to travel limitations and distance.  Students and parents who want to learn more about a college/university can get started with a virtual college tour. has compiled tours of many colleges and universities.  Follow this link to get started.