Guidance services are available for every student at AACMS. These services include assistance with educational planning, interpretation of test scores, career information, study help, help with home, school, and/or social concerns, attendance problems, emotional concerns emotional support, or any question the student may feel he/she need to discuss with the counselor. Counseling opportunities are available to all students by appointment. 
Contact Guidance Office

Office Phone
(610) 351-0234 ext. 514
PSSA Information
All AACMS students will be taking the PSSAs April 22nd–May 10th, 2024.

ELA PSSAs (All School): April 22–24
Math PSSAs (All School): April 29–30
Science PSSAs (8th Grade Only): May 1–2
PSSA Makeups: April 25–26 (ELA Makeups), April 30–May 10 (Math & Science Makeups)

You can find out more information here.
Updates from the Guidance Office
Self Care Video Series
This video series focuses on Self Care and offers ideas and strategies to approaching your mental health proactively.
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Stress Management Series
In this video series, there are tips and strategies for managing stress and anxiety.
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PSSA & Keystone Testing
PSSA Information for Parents or Guardians Click here

The Pennsylvania Department of Education establishes a period of time each spring during which all public schools must administer PSSA exams.  The testing information for the current school year can be found below.  Learn More about state-mandated standardized testing at AACMS.
Screen Time & the Brain
Click below to read about how new research demonstrates the effects of digital screens on brain development in children and adolescents.
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The Middle Years Newsletter
The Middle Years is a valuable resource for the parents and guardians of middle school students. New issues are published monthly and posted here for your convenience.
Pennsylvania Mental Health Resources
Just as we strive for better physical wellness, we can take steps to improve our mental health. This looks different for everyone. Perhaps you’d like to talk to someone, focus more on self care, consider medication, and/or seek other treatments.
No matter your challenges, there are options to help you. Use this guide to find the support that works for you and your loved ones.
Suicide Prevention Policy
The Arts Academy Charter Middle School is committed to protecting the health, safety and welfare of its students and school community. This policy supports federal, state and local efforts to provide education on youth suicide awareness and prevention; establish methods of prevention, intervention, and response to suicide or suicide attempts; and to promote access to suicide awareness and prevention resources.
For more information, please visit our Policies page and reference policy AACS 2.16