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Office of Guidance  
Kelli Best, Coordinator of Guidance
Scheduling & Testing
701 Mill Road
Pleasantville, NJ 082352
Main Number: 609-383-6900
Fax Number: 609-407-9672

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Pleasantvillle’s Guidance Staff has a reputation for their friendliness, experience and strong connections with the students.

PHS Counselors

Mr. Chris Sacco  - ext. 4167  sacco.christopher@pps-nj.us  - 9th-12th (A-M)

  Ms. Michelle Cooper - ext. 4108 cooper.michelle @pps-nj.us  - 9th-12th CST & ESL

            Ms. Denita Bunch - ext. 4099 bunch.denita@pps-nj.us  

Secretarial Staff

Sharmaine Woodall - ext. 4131

  MSP Counselors

Dr. Luraine Randall - ext. 3128 randall.lauraine@pps-nj.us

Dr. Antoinette Barnes - ext. 3049 wilson.antoinette@pps-nj.us

Denita Bunch - ext. 3122 bunch.denita@pps-nj.us

  Elementary Counselors

Washington Avenue - Susan Arthur - ext. 2200 arthur.susan@pps-nj.us

Leeds Avenue - Candace Kelsey - ext. 2361 kelsey.candace@pps-nj.us

North Main - Mark Santanello - ext. 2026 santanello.mark@pps-nj.us

South Main - Cynthia Stocks - ext. 2148 stocks.cynthia@pps-nj.us



  Title IX/504/Anti-Bullying Coordinator

Dr. Garnell Bailey
Affirmative Action Officer
801 Mill Road
Pleasantville, NJ 08232
(t) 609.383.6800, X2542


The Pleasantville School District does not restrict or discriminate based on any race, color, sex, national origin or students with disabilities from participation in any district program, employment decisions or PHS career programs.


The programs that students pursue in high school should be a reflection of their aspirations, aptitudes, and achievements. We recognize the individuality and differences within our students, and as such, our programs must reflect the same. The courses at Pleasantville High School are designed to help each student understand his/her individual needs, interests, abilities; provide students the opportunity to meet their educational goals in accordance with their individuality and desired career path; teach them how to develop and use these tools more effectively; and ultimately prepare them for an every changing, more technological, society.


The school counselors are resources to both students and parents/guardians in the growth, development, and monitoring of educational programs and is available for consultation, conducting of individual and group counseling, and scheduling of courses.  They further assist students in planning and/or solving problems pertaining to their educational, social, or vocational lives.  Each student is assigned to a guidance counselor and every student should feel free to see his/her counselor whenever he/she needs.  Requests for appointments are available in each Guidance Office.

Parents/guardians are expected to assist the student in the development of their academic program plan and to monitor the student’s progress and performance.  Parents are encouraged to call the school for conferences as needed.  Through the utilization of the library and internet, as well as, the assistance of the guidance counselor, students can find information concerning courses of study and future occupations, college entrance requirements, financial aid and scholarships available, and information pertaining to military services.  Seniors planning on continuing education should consult with their guidance counselor early in the year to begin the application process.


List of Available Scholarships May 03, 2019

College/University and Military Acceptance to Date December , 2017


Programs of Study Booklet 2018-2019

libro de seleccion de cursos 2016-2107


  Career Planning Guide


College and Career Planning Resources for Students and Parents







Testing Information

(School Code 311235)


AP Exam




Everything you need to know about the Advanced Placement (AP) Exam including exams offered, how to check and understand your scores, and transferring AP credits to colleges and universities.









Information on the PSAT including why to take it and how it can help you!






Use to find out SAT registration dates and to register for the exam.







Use to find out ACT registration dates and to register for the exam.



SAT & ACT: What’s the difference?





Details the differences between the ACT and SAT exams so that you can decide which test works best for you.



College Planning


Big Future College Search




Use this tool to search for colleges that fit for you!




Big Future Make a College Plan





Instructions on how to use the Big Future website to make a plan for going to college.



College Planning Timeline for Seniors






Use this handout as a guide during your senior year to walk you step-by-step through the application process.


College Planning Timeline for Juniors





Use this handout as a guide during your junior year to make sure you are preparing for college.



College Planning for 9 th and 10 th Graders




Don’t wait to start planning for college—start now! Use this handout as a guide in 9 th and 10 th grade to make sure you are preparing yourself for a college future.





Common Application





The Common Application is one application you submit online for multiple colleges or universities. Use this website to create and submit your application as well as determine which schools accept the Common Application.




Common Application College Essay Prompts





List of college essay prompts for this year’s Common Application. This is a great place to start for writing your college essay!



NJ Stars




Information on the New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (NJSTAR) program which covers the cost of tuition at 19 community colleges in NJ.




EOF Eligibility Requirements





Details eligibility requirements for the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program.



EOF Participating Colleges and Universities




List of colleges and universities in the state of NJ which offer the EOF program. Includes contact information for all EOF directors.




You Can Go!





Personalized videos of people across the country who overcame obstacles to attend college. Listen to their stories now!




A Day in the Life of a College Student





Information on how to spend an overnight visit at Rowan University in order to get an inside look at college life.


Scholarship Information


Scam Alert Info




How to tell when financial aid and scholarship websites are scams.










Use to get access to tons of scholarship opportunities just for you.








Use to get access to tons of scholarship opportunities just for you.




Merit Aid





Use to get access to tons of scholarship opportunities just for you.








Search for colleges, read college student reviews, and get connected to scholarships.




Student Scholarships




Use to search a database of scholarship opportunities.




NJ College and University Scholarships




Find scholarship and financial aid opportunities in the state of NJ. Information is for first year college students and includes 2 and 4 year colleges.



Financial Aid Resources  


Federal Student Aid




Interactive website through the U.S. Department of Education with information on preparing for college, applying for aid, and managing student loans.




FAFSA Application




The official website for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Use this to apply for financial aid!




FAFSA Pin Request




Use to request a FAFSA pin number. You will need to a request a pin to complete you FAFSA application.




CSS/Financial Profile




Use to create a financial aid profile on CollegeBoard’s website. Some colleges will require you to create a profile to apply for financial aid.




Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESSA)





Information on financial aid resources including grants, scholarships, and loans and how to manage your finances for college. 



Financial Aid Checklist for Students and Parents





This handout provides you with a checklist of all the steps you will need to take in order to receive financial aid.


Athletics Eligibility Information


NCAA Eligibility Center





Interactive website with everything you need to know about the NCAA including its athletic divisions and sports.




NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete





Details everything you need to do in high school to ensure your eligibility for NCAA college athletics.




(4 year college)




Information about the different levels of collegiate athletics within the NCAA and athletic scholarships.





(4 year college)




Information about the NCIA including sports offered and participating colleges and universities.





(2 year college)




Information about the NJCAA including sports offered and participating 2 year colleges.



Career Planning


Occupational Outlook Handbook




Search for any job or profession to find out information on the salary, outlook, and education needed to help you plan for your career.








Use O*NET to assist you in searching careers by using different categories including bright outlook and preparation needed.




PHS Course Selection Guide (Graduation Requirements)




Everything you need to know about course selection, graduation requirements, and how to use high school classes to plan for your future.





PHS Career Planning Guide





Use this worksheet to help you determine which classes to take in high school based on your career interests.


Trade School Information



Real Work Matters




Use this website to explore all different vocational career options and hundreds of trade schools that fit your needs! Search by program, career, or location.




ACIT Adult Education Program





Information on vocational classes offered at ACIT in careers such as building trades, vehicle repair, cosmetology, EMT, and other health occupations.