Penn High School’s staff of 11 professional school counselors is committed to assisting students and their parents with emotional, academic and post-secondary issues. Click to see all the services provided by the Penn Counseling Office.
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Monday – Friday
Penn’s Counseling Office earned “Gold Star” status from the Indiana School Counselor Association in 2006, 2013, and 2018.
The Gold Star School Counseling Award indicates that a school counseling program is data-driven, held accountable, and impacts students across academic, career, and social/emotional domains. Schools collect data about student needs, examine the purpose and vision of the program, plan and organize services for students, and then create an exhaustive portfolio outlining their program. During the 2017-18 school year, an advisory counsel was formed by the counseling office to tackle this project. The counsel was made up of Penn High School staff members, students, parents, and community members representing diverse groups such as small business, mental health care, and economic development. This important designation shows that Penn's counseling center is aligned with the best practices in school counseling. The counseling center strives to continually improve and adapt in order to provide the best services to our students!
The American Scholar Counselor Association (ASCA) has also named the Department a “Recognized ASCA Model Program” (RAMP).
The RAMP designation recognizes schools that are committed to delivering an exemplary comprehensive school counseling program. Honorees are awarded for aligning their program with the criteria in the ASCA National Model, a framework for a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling. Since the program’s inception, more than 820 schools have been designated as RAMP recipients. RAMP applications are reviewed once a year and assessed in 12 different program areas.
Penn’s Counseling staff is available to help students in a variety of ways. Here are some frequently asked questions that may help you understand the services we provide:
Q: My friend or student is feeling suicidal. What should I do?
A: Please notify an adult immediately. After hours, please call 911 immediately or take the student to the emergency room. Memorial Epworth is also open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (574) 647-8400. Please also visit our Lifelines webpages for other helpful resources.
Q: The grade listed on HAC is incorrect, or my teacher made a mistake in calculating my grade. How is this addressed?
A: Counselors cannot change or round grades. We ask that you contact the teacher directly by using the P-H-M voicemail directory at 574-259-7961. You may also contact the main office to speak with the Principal.
Q: I need my final transcript sent to my college/university. How does this happen?
A: Seniors were given instructions to submit a transcript request to Sean Penney by sending the request through Parchment.com . If you are trying to make the request through Parchement.com and are experiencing an issue, contact Parchment at 888-662-0874 or Mr. Penney at 258-9582 for more help.
Q: When will my grades be finalized? I would like a copy of my transcript.
A: The deadline for teacher grades is Friday June 7th. Please contact the registrar beginning June 19th at 258-9502.
Q: My schedule is incorrect or I would like to change a class for 2019-2020 school year. How do I do that?
A: Please call beginning July 30th to schedule an appointment with a counselor on staff at 258-9502.