The Guidance Department is committed to supporting the mission of the Academy by promoting the growth of the whole person in a caring environment. Each student is assigned a counselor who advises her throughout her four years of high school. The counselors work with students, teachers, administrators, support staff and parents to help students achieve academic and personal success.
In the fall, counselors host a Freshman Guidance evening to introduce students and parents to the resources available to them from counselors and support staff. All freshmen will take the PSAT 8/9 in October.
All sophomores take the PSAT during the school day in October. Parents and students are invited to a Sophomore College Planning evening in March. During the spring, counselors will meet with all sophomores for individual conferences to discuss course selection, career, and college plans. Naviance, a college and career web-based planning resource is also introduced during this meeting.
All Juniors take the PSAT during the school day in October. Parents and students are invited to a Junior College Planning evening in January. Individual conferences are scheduled in winter to work with students to find colleges that are a good fit for their personal and academic strengths as well as their career aspirations. Planning for SAT, ACT and Subject Tests are also discussed.
All seniors and their parents are invited to a Senior College Application Night in September. Individual senior conferences are scheduled for fall where counselors go over every aspect of each student’s application including review of the Common Application or any individual college application.
Guidance also hosts several additional evening events including a College Fair in October with Notre Dame High School of West Haven and two financial aid evenings to help families plan for college.