Counseling Department

Central High School Counselors

Counselor caseload is by student last name:

A - Cr: Ms. Sharp

Cu - Hu: Ms. Chasan

Hun - Le: Dr. Soda

Li - Pan: Ms. Hart

Pand - The: Ms. Stern

Tho - Z: Ms. Wardlaw

Students, to contact your school counselor to discuss academic, mental health, and college/post-secondary planning needs, please come to the counseling suite in room 134 during your lunch period.

Bilingual Counseling Assistants (BCAs)

Bilingual Counseling Assistants work hard each day to support families, students, and staff in schools. Many people think that BCAs only do interpretation work within schools, but BCAs themselves see their work go far beyond just that in that they help bridge language barriers and build relationships between parents and school staff. 

Meet the Bilingual Counseling Assistants

Click below for their contacts and availability:


Leon Papaj
Office Phone Number: 6011440

Available: Tuesday


Wennie (Chengyi) Wen

Office Phone Number: 6011440
Available: Monday-Friday

Helen Chen

(267) 603-1762 (call/text)

Office Phone Number: 6011440
Available: Tuesday and Friday

Ming-Hui Wang

Office Phone Number: 6011440
Available: Monday-Friday


Darya Shalima

Office Phone Number: 6011440
Available: Wednesday


Loan Do
Available: Monday, Tuesday, Friday


Iris Pagan

Office Phone Number: 6011440
Available: Friday


Say Hong Choing

Office Phone Number: 6011440
Available: Tuesday


Elizabeth Abraham

Office Phone Number: 6011440
Available: Monday


Aya Mohamed

Office Phone Number: 6011440
Available: Tuesday, Thursday

"Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today." Malcolm X

Spotlight on Wellness

Power Hearts at Central

Have you seen some love around our city? 

"The Power Hearts are about self-love and positivity, which in turn reaches towards others. They become messages of encouragement, hope, and love for everyone." Amberella

You Are Not Alone

In February 2020, Philly street artist, Amberella, created an art installation of her inspirational "PowerHearts " for the Central students.  Stop by 134 to check out them out. 

Inner Strength Teen Program at Central 

What is Inner Strength?

The Inner Strength Teen Program empowers students with easy to use tools that help manage stress and anxiety and can be utilized on a daily basis, in any setting.

These tools are an effective way to reduce student stress and reactivity, increase focus and well-being, and provide one with life-long strategies for a meaningful and satisfying life.

The program can be of great value to youth at this critically important time in their lives. 


View Stress Supports for Teens

Introduction to Inner Strength's App 

Chinese Immigrant Family Wellness Initiative

What is CIFWI?

The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC) and Hall-Mercer have partnered to develop The Chinese Immigrant Family Wellness Initiative (CIFWI), which aims to introduce mental and emotional health as a key component of health for the Chinese immigrant community. The program is structured around three goals:


What is NAMI?

Our Vision

NAMI envisions a world where all people affected by mental illness live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares.

Our Mission

NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

Minding Your Mind

What is MYM?

Minding Your Mind is dedicated to ending stigma and destructive behaviors associated with mental health issues, moving away from a crisis-based response to prevention through education.

We use the power of storytelling to provide evidence-based education on mental health challenges to our audiences. Our inspiring programs create safe communication spaces to discuss signs and symptoms often associated with mental health challenges and how to address them.

Quick Link Student Resources

Need a Work Permit?

For students looking for Working Papers — Career and Technical Education
Click here for the application and to schedule an appointment 

Need Academic Support?

For students looking for tutoring support 
Click Here for Virtual Tutoring Information  

Central Admissions Inquiries

Check out Applying to Central for current admissions information.

Former Student Transcript and Records Request

If you are a former student in need of a transcript, please follow the link below.  

Student Records – Records Management 

Suicide and Crisis Emergency 

If you or someone you know is in a crisis emergency outside of school hours, please call... 

24-Mental Health Delegate Line in Philadelphia for Suicide and Crisis Intervention Services


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor


Mission Statement:

The mission of the Central High School Counseling Department is to provide a proactive, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate program to address students' academic and postsecondary goals in addition to supporting their personal and social needs.  This is accomplished through a partnership with parents/guardians, staff, and the School District of Philadelphia to enable all students to become successful, productive citizens, and lifelong learners in a diverse and changing world. The Central High School Counseling Department will empower all students to reach their maximum potential by using comprehensive approaches that address academic, personal/social, and career goals.  We will promote an environment to encourage personal inquiry and growth, social responsibility, and academic excellence.  

School counselors believe that every student can succeed through the collaborative efforts of school, home, and community leading to responsible and productive citizenship in the 21st century.


Central High School

1700 West Olney Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19141


(215) 400-3590 (phone)

(215) 400-3591 (fax)

School CEEB Code: 393275