Friday, June 22, 2018
York Suburban High School (9-12)
1800 Hollywood Dr, York PA 17403 Phone: 717.885.1270 FAX: 717.885.1271
York Suburban School District educates, challenges, and prepares students to shape the future.
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The Guidance Suite

To support the curriculum, there is a wealth of resources available to all students. The guidance suite includes four counseling offices, a reception and secretarial area, a conference room, and a resource/student work area.  College and vocational school catalogs, brochures, and applications are available for the students' use throughout the day. Handbooks and data books are updated on a regular basis. Current financial aid information is available, as well as, resources from the armed services.  In addition, there are a few student computers available for research.

Every student has access to the many programs and services of the Counseling Department. It is the objective of the department to maintain a program that meets the needs of all students. To promote the involvement of parents, the Guidance Office is staffed with one counselor Wednesday evenings until 8:00 p.m. Please remember that an appointment ensures your needs will be met in a timely manner.


Meet the Counselors


Dr. Jamie Britton earned an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University. He went on to earn his Masters of Science degree in Counselor Education through Western Maryland College, and eventually a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Immaculata University.  







Mrs. K. Tina Howe began working at the York Suburban High School in August 1997. Prior to coming to Suburban, Mrs. Howe worked for South Western School District for one year as a long term substitute in the high school and middle school guidance offices. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology from Bloomsburg University and a Master of Science in Counselor Education from Western Maryland College. Mrs. Howe is the Guidance Department Chair.






Ms. Karen Forrer started her career as a School Counselor in Maryland in 1996. She moved to Pennsylvania and began working at York Suburban High School in 2001. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from James Madison University in 1989 and a Master of Education in Counseling from Bowie State University in 1995.  







Ms. Suzann Pranaitis began working as a School Counselor at York Suburban High School in August, 1998. Prior to joinging York Suburban High School, she worked as a School Counselor for nine years at the Central York High School.  Her educational achievements include earning a Masters Degree in Educational Counseling and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Shippensburg University.  Additionally, she earned a Bachelor's Degreee in Criminology and a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Prior to working in the field of educational counseling, Ms. Pranaitis worked as a community social worker with delinquent and dependent adolescents.  




Counselor Assignment

Every student is assigned to a counselor according to the first letter of their last name. The assigned counselor serves as the advocate for the student in many ways. To truly recognize their needs, counselors meet with individual students on a regular basis. A personal relationship develops that is nurtured through four years. If additional curricular assistance is needed, counselors can match peer tutors with students. On an individual basis, a counselor will work with students on everything from career exploration and post-secondary planning, to decision making and time management. Counselors review every college and scholarship application that is processed by the school. They prepare and administer a variety of tests and assessments for students, and help them to interpret the scores. The counselor also serves as the liaison between many departments for students with special needs.

The department boasts a student-to-counselor ratio of 218:1. Counselors work with individual students to gain opportunities in shadowing, internships, volunteer service, and employment. Some students will take advantage of our affiliations with a vocational high school, the PA Governor's Schools, and local colleges. Counselors work with students in identifying what programs are appropriate for their individual needs and the steps to gaining placement in the programs. All of these programs are used to enhance the four year experience of the student while better preparing them for the demands of life beyond high school.


The York Suburban School District is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religious creed, ancestry, sex, age, marital status or handicap, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Action of 1964, Title IX of the Education Act Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation of the Handicapped Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, in its activities, educational and vocational programs and in its recruitment and employment practices. Inquiries concerning the application of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, the ADA and the implementing regulations may be referred to the Superintendent, 1800 Hollywood Drive, York, PA 17403, telephone (717) 885-1210.