Emotional Health

The school learning specialists, counselors and nurses work with teachers and parents to provide support for academic, social, and physical and emotional health needs. 

Support Services

Members of the support team work with specific students and teachers around learning issues. The team consists of the divisional learning specialists, the school nurse and the divisional school counselors. Students and/or families become involved with members of the team on a referral basis. Referrals are usually made by the school director.

A trained school counselor is available to students to discuss any adjustment issues. The school director, the dean of students, a teacher or a coach may refer students to the counselor. The counselor also will meet with students who are "walk-ins." In addition to individual sessions, the counselor may conduct transition groups throughout the academic year and other group sessions as needs arise.

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Nursing Staff

Debra A. Foley, RN, MSN, CRNP
Coordinator of Health Services/Health Faculty
215-844-3460, ext. 142 or 487
dfoley@penncharter.com

Nancy Hirschfeld, RN, MSN, CRNP
Associate Nurse
215-844-3460, ext. 142
nhirschfeld@penncharter.com

Counseling Staff

Middle & Upper School Counselor
Elizabeth Coombs, BA, MEd
215-844-3460, ext. 205
ecoombs@penncharter.com

Lower School Counselor
Lisa Reedich, BA, MSS
215-844-3460, ext. 171
lreedich@penncharter.com

Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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