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College Fair @ The Convention Center - This Sunday Nov. 12th!
NACAC will be hosting a National College Fair on Sunday November 12 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from 11 AM- 3 PM.  This is a free event and is open to the public!  Hundreds of colleges and universities will be in attendance. If you would like to receive fair details, avoid lines onsite and share your contact information with your choice school, please register at
Attention Seniors - Another College Application Workshop is being held this week on Wednesday the 8th during 1st block. Seniors are welcome to come to school before advisory to have FTCHS counselors assist them with applications. Please check in at the guidance offices at between 7:45 - 8:00AM to attend the workshop. 
Attention Seniors - Still have questions about the Financial Aid process? Please see Mrs. Kaisinger to sign up for an upcoming Financial Aid program. 
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,


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.