Deer Lakes

School District

School Counseling Services

Welcome to the Deer Lakes High School Counseling Page! Mrs. Pascucci and Miss Austin work with the high school students across various domains such as academic success, career readiness, and emotional support. You can find either one of them in their individual office's holding meetings, in a classroom delivering important information, or simply out and about around the building. Both Mrs. Pascucci and Miss Austin are also a part of the many layers of mental health support we have across the district.

To find out more about the various mental health resources Deer Lakes has, please click here

SAT Virtual Prep Course
Deer Lakes High School will be offering a SAT prep course for interested juniors and seniors. The course will be completely virtual at no cost to students and last for 7 weeks. The first class is scheduled for January 19, 2021. Math is on Mondays and Wednesdays. English is on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Interested students should download, fill out, and submit the electronic form here by January 11, 2021.  SAT Virtual Prep Course Registration Form

Children's Grief Awareness Day - Thursday November 19, 2020
Attention all students and families. Children's Grief Awareness Day is observed on the third Thursday of November every year because this time of the year is particularly difficult for families and individuals who may have lost a loved one. Children's Grief Awareness Day seeks to bring attention to the fact that support can make all the difference in the world, and provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the painful impact that death has on each and every one of us. To help provide support and hope for those of us that may be grieving, butterflies will be passed out during lunch for students to sign and decorate in memory of a person that has passed or in support of a person grieving. These butterflies will then be hung to create a butterfly garden and spread the message of holding onto hope because you are not alone. If you would like to participate and create a butterfly at home, there is a virtual option as well! The link is: 

Deer Lakes Virtual Financial Aid Night
Please join Amy Sawdey, PHEAA's Higher Education Access Partner in Allegheny County, for a Virtual Financial Aid Webinar and FAFSA Completion Discussion from the comfort of your home. The Financial Aid Webinar will provide an early understanding of the financial decisions students need to make concerning higher education. This webinar will discuss higher education costs, the types of financial aid available, and how to apply for financial aid. The Virtual FAFSA Completion Discussion Webinar will guide students and families through the process of filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The webinar will provide an overview of the necessary requirements in order to complete the FAFSA and State Grant Application. At each presentation, participants will have the opportunity to enter questions in the Q & A section at any time, as well as at the end of the presentation.

PHEAA Virtual Financial Aid Webinar

Webinar Date
: December 8, 2020

Webinar Time: 6 PM to 7 PM

Register Here: 

Senior Meeting: 9/16/2020
Post High School Planning


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Schedule Changes

Any student needing their schedule changed can reach out to either Miss Austin or Mrs. Pascucci via email. Their counselor will then either call them down or schedule a Google Meet. Changes can be made through the first two weeks of school. 


 Job Shadowing

 Please find information for the Deer Lakes Job Shadowing Experience and the packet with instructions on the links below. This is for all students in grades nine through eleven.  All job shadowing experiences need to be completed by April of the students Junior year. 

 Job Shadowing Experience Instructions


College Applications Procedure


  • If you are completing a paper application, please complete your section and attach any recommendation letters and supplemental forms such as counselor forms and mid-year reports. After completion, bring your application to the guidance office. We will then complete our portion and attach your transcript (which has all of your SAT/ACT scores), along with your schedule and/or grades. We will only call you down to the School Counseling Services Office if there are questions regarding your application.
  • If you have applied online (this includes dirctely to the school or through the Common App), please stop in the School Counseling Services Office and pick up a gold online application form which you will complete and return to us along with any recommendation letters and supplemental forms such as counselor forms and mid-year reports. Please be sure to sign and date this form. We will then complete our portion and attach your transcript along with your schedule and/or grades. And again, we will only call you down to the School Counseling Services Office if there are any questions regarding your application.

  • Along with your application and or materials, we also send a post card with your name and school on it. Once they receive your information, they are to sign and date this post card and return it to us as verification that your information was received. YOU DO NOT NEED TO CONTACT THE SCHOOL. Due to the amount of applications we receive daily, please allow us up to 10 days to process each application.


Leighann Gacci
Secretary, School Counseling 
Phone: 724.265.5320 Ext. 2626
Fax: 724.265.5303  
Taylor Austin
School Counselor, Grades 9-12 
Last names M - Z
Phone: 724.265.5320 Ext. 2670
Fax: 724.265.5303
Twitter: @DLSDGuidance
Tina Pascucci
School Counselor, Grades 9-12  
Last Names A - L
Phone: 724.265.5320 Ext. 2671 
Fax: 724.265.5303
View Mrs. Pascucci's Profile 

Hours of Operation

Monday: 8:00am - 3:45pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 3:45pm
Wednesday: 10:00am - 5:45pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 3:45pm
Friday: 8:30am - 3:45pm


Educational Resources:

College Majors 101 - A website dedicated to teach students about different college majors in depth so that they can make more informed college and career choices.