College & Career2020-04-27T13:59:28-04:00

The mission of Philadelphia Academy Charter School is to prepare students to achieve the highest level of their potential academically, socially, and morally. As the College and Career Counselor, I work with students in 9th to 12th grade to explore career and/or college opportunities, help them develop goals, and help them make decisions that will allow them to reach their highest potential. I coach them through the entire decision-making process and ensure that they are best prepared for life after high school graduation.

Information about colleges, trade schools, the military, college entrance exams, programs for students with disabilities, and much more is readily available in the my office. There are several computers available for students to perform college searches, scholarship applications, and other career-related work.

The ASVAB is given at PACS in both the fall and spring of each school year. The PSAT is offered to 9th, 10th and 11th grade students every October. College representatives visit on an almost daily basis every fall, and there are two college fairs every school year- one in the fall and one in the spring.

There are a lot of different websites and resources that answer many common questions regarding college and career planning. I have provided many of them for your reference under the “Resources” tab listed above. Please take full advantage of these resources so that you are better prepared for your future! Among these resources are SAT and ACT exam dates, the Occupational Outlook Handbook that provides information on careers and growth in specific fields, and scholarship search engines.

Communication is key! PACS students and parents all have access to Naviance Family Connection. It is extremely important that all students (especially seniors) log into this program often! Besides college searches, career searches, personality tests, and scholarship info, all college visit announcements will be posted on the Naviance homepage. Students are expected to register for these visits through the Naviance site. Naviance and e-mail are the best ways for me to communicate important events and deadlines, so please check each of them often!


Fill out the form below online. There is a $5 charge for each transcript.

Transcript requests will be accepted via the link below. Transcript requests are processed every Friday. You will receive a confirmation email when your transcript is sent.

Please note this cannot be done over the telephone, as we need written authorization from you to release your records. Any additional instructions or information may be emailed.

* Complete the form below only if you are a former student or PACHS graduate in need of your high school transcript. Current PACHS students can request their transcript through their Naviance accounts.

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You can find your GPA information on Naviance! Simply log in, click on “about me” and then click on “my account”. There is some of your academic information listed there, which includes your GPA.
You can begin the college application process as early as August 1st for most colleges, but typically students begin in September/October of your senior year. Remember that your application is not complete until your essay, letters of recommendation, and transcripts are sent to the college, so it’s important to have all of those pieces together as early as possible. Your goal should be to have all applications submitted and completed by Thanksgiving.
Simply log into Naviance, click on “colleges”, then “colleges I’m applying to.” On that page there is a link to “manage transcripts” – then click on the red circle with the plus sign on the right side of the page. Select “college application transcript” and then make the proper selections on the next page. Don’t forget to click on “done” at the bottom of the page when you are finished!
Simply log into Naviance, click on “colleges”, then “colleges I’m applying to.” On that page there is a link at the bottom to go to the “letters of recommendation section” – click on that and add the teacher that you have ALREADY asked in person. Don’t forget to “submit request” at the bottom of the page. This will generate an email to them so that they can submit the letter on Naviance on your behalf.
You should be focusing on submitting your applications first. Everything else can be submitted after your application. Once you submit your application, please request your transcript to be sent through Naviance so that I know you have applied to that school. I will send your transcript to that school.
Your SAT scores (if already available) will be on your transcript. However, some schools require your scores to be sent to them from the test website. So, you must log into the test website (CollegeBoard or ACT Student). Go to your scores, and click “send additional score reports.” If you have already used your free score reports, you will be charged for this service (between $11-12/report). You can then search for colleges to send reports to.
The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The SAT is more of an aptitude test, which tests reasoning and verbal abilities. The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and Writing. The SAT has up to 3 components: Critical Reasoning, Mathematics, and Writing. Both the SAT and the ACT are scored based on the number of correct answers with no penalty for guessing.
The school’s CEED code is 393452.
There are many places to search for scholarships. A great place to start is Naviance. Once you log in, click on “colleges” and then “scholarships and money.” There are scholarship listings and searches accessible there. Mrs. Barbadoro also shares scholarships with students via email throughout the year. In addition, be sure to check the official website of any college or university to which you are applying; they will have their own scholarships listed there. You can also visit any number of scholarship search engines and look for scholarships for which you may be eligible. Check the “Scholarships” section under “Resources” on this same page for more options!
Students that are eligible for free or reduced lunch are also eligible for (2) SAT fee waivers, (2) ACT fee waivers, and (4) college application fee waivers. Many colleges will waive their fees if it is a financial burden; don’t be afraid to ask!
Colleges will look at a student’s transcript to see decent grades and GPA. They will also look at the rigor (difficulty) of the courses a student has taken. Standardized (SAT or ACT) test scores are important, as well as the information in the letters of recommendation. Colleges will often look for students that are involved in extracurricular activities such as clubs, sports, volunteering, and/or working. It looks much better if you can show that you were involved in certain activities for an extended period of time (for example, being involved in a certain club or activity for all 4 years of high school). Students should take time to write an essay that provides insight into his/her unique personality, values, and goals. It should be personal and display well-constructed writing.
The Common Application (or Common App) is an undergraduate college application that students may use to apply to over 517 member colleges. You can find the application at You can also link your Common App username to your Naviance account. This will allow Mrs. Barbadoro to send your transcript and teachers to send your letters of recommendation electronically- saving stamps and tons of time!
The FAFSA (free application for federal student aid) is not available until October 1st, so there is no way for you to complete the FAFSA before then. On October 1st you will be able to go to the Online Application and begin filling it out. This is a separate process from college applications, so you do NOT need to wait to apply to college until after the FAFSA is complete. Submit your college applications whenever you are ready!
FAFSA online applications open on October 1st of every year. Please look under the “Resources” tab, “Financial Aid” section to find the list of required information. See the FAFSA Help Site ( for the answers to more of your financial aid questions.
The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is a multiple-choice test, administered by the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command, used to determine qualification for enlistment in the U.S. Armed Forces. Students can contact a recruiter in order to set up their own testing, but the test will also be offered at PACS twice a year.
There are a few ASVAB prep books in the counseling office. Students are welcome to come down during power hour to check them out. There are also practice tests at,, and Students can take the test numerous times, but military recruits will use the MOST RECENT test score.
Many students do not know what they’d like to do after they graduate. That’s okay! The best thing to do now is to research all of your options. Think about your favorite school subject and your favorite hobby. Log in to Naviance and take the career, personality, and college quizzes. Look at some of the responses that interest you, and search for them online.
On PACS’ website, under College & Career, there is a link to “Schedule an Appointment Today!” Students can click that link will be taken directly to Mrs. Barbadoro’s calendar and can schedule an appointment at any time they wish! Please try to make the appointment during your lunch or an elective class, and definitely not during a class that an exam is scheduled.

Mrs. Barbadoro will then provide a pass for the student in homeroom, but it is up to the classroom teacher to allow the student to attend the appointment or keep the student in class during the appointment time.

If you have a quick and specific question for Mrs. Barbadoro, you can always email her by Clicking Here and she will either respond to your email or schedule an appointment for you.

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