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Counseling Department

St. Catherine of Siena Academy’s school counselors make a conscious effort to thread the Catholic identity, as it is embodied in the school’s unique mission, into their guidance programs, thereby distinguishing what they do as a ministry rather than a job. Our Guidance Counseling Program provides students with class, college, career, and individual counseling throughout their time at SCA.

Counselors

Claudia Sitto
Grades 9-12: Last Name A – H
csitto@saintcatherineacademy.org
248.946.4848 ext: 137

Hutham Tankersley
Grades 9-12:  Last Name I – Z
htankersley@saintcatherineacademy.org
248.946.4848 ext:138

Navigating High School

  • Placement Test – The Counseling Department and Admissions Team have put together a comprehensive placement test to provide a baseline to create an educational development plan (course schedule) that will best suit your STARS for their first semester at SCA.
  • Personalized Scheduling – Each year STARS meet individually with their counselor to discuss their four year plan and scheduling for the next academic year.
  • Communication – Communication between the school and the parents is handled through direct emails from the counseling department. Information about college events, scholarships, open houses, ACT/SAT workshops and other college news is provided through the Counseling Department Newsletter, the Parent Newsletter, and other direct emails.
  • Advanced Placement Courses – Parents with a STAR in an Advanced Placement course for the first time may have questions. The College Board Blog has provided a blog post, Parent Resource: Understanding AP, that answers many standard questions parents have.

College Counseling

  • College Entrance Exams – STARS are given the opportunity to take two practice SAT (called the PSAT) tests during her freshman and sophomore years. These school day practice tests help students prepare for the SAT/NMSQT. All juniors have an opportunity to take the SAT during the school day at SCA.
  • College and Career Readiness – Our Counseling Department provides multiple resources to help STARS and their families navigate their way towards the right college choice for their unique feminine genius.
  • Parent Education – Evening events are provided for parents (and in some cases students) to guide them through the college admissions,
    financial aid, and scholarship processes. Assistance is also provided for preparing for the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Guidance Counseling

  • Academic Guidance & Support Services – Students who require special services (504 or Non-Public Service Plans) will work with the counselors and learning specialist for assistance with organizational and study/test-taking skills.
  • Career Awareness and Exploration & Planning Services –  Students will learn goal setting and decision making skills. SCA provides PSAT testing for all underclassmen and an SAT for all juniors in the spring. STARS use the tool, SCOIR, for college and career exploration. We also host a college fair each fall.
  • Mental, Emotional, Social, Behavioral, Developmental Services – Students can be helped with anxiety, short-term counseling and a non-judgmental listening ear.
  • Crisis Intervention and Response Services – The counseling office, in conjunction with the faculty and administration guide students through short-term crisis interventions and refer families for long-term counseling.

Mental Health Counseling Resources

Mental Health & Crisis Resources

Getting help is getting easier! Michigan residents can now call or text to get immediate help when they need it.

  • Michigan Confidential Text Counseling Support
    • Text RESTORE to 74174
    • Available 24/7
    • For those facing a mental health crisis including everything from anxiety and financial issues to suicide and domestic violence.
  • For Local Resources
    • Call 211
    • For getting information on essential needs like food or shelter, mental health care, and substance or domestic abuse help.
  • SCA’s Counselors
Resources:
  • Oakland County Crisis Line (Common Ground): (248) 456-0909 or (800) 231-1127
  • Macomb County Crisis Line: (586) 307-9100
  • Wayne County Crisis Line: (313) 224-7000 or (877) 909-3590
  • Havenwyck Hospital: (248) 373-9200
  • Troy Beaumont Hospital: (248) 964-5000
  • Teen 2 Teen Talk Line: (248) 292-0194
  • Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Hotline: (877) 922-1274
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: (800) 273-8255
 
Apps to Help You Destress

The need to keep up and constantly being in front of our screens can overwhelm us at times. These apps can help take the edge off and even provide a little balance!

Resources for Easing Anxiety
OK2SAY

OK2SAY is a student safety program which allows students to confidentially report tips on potential harm or criminal activities directed at school students, school employees, and schools. It uses a comprehensive communication system to facilitate tip sharing among students, parents, school personnel, community mental health service programs, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and law enforcement officials about harmful behaviors that threaten to disrupt the learning environment.

Tips can be submitted 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week by telephone, text message, email, mobile app, or via the OK2SAY website. ·

  • Call: 8-555-OK2SAY (855-565-2729)
  • Email: ok2say@mi.gov
  • Text to 652729 (OK2SAY)
  • Download the OK2SAY phone app for iPhone or Android

Counseling Department Communications

The Counseling Department works hard to keep our families ahead of the curve when it comes to preparing for each new semester, mandated testing, college counseling, and scholarships. Click below to read some of their most recent updates.

“SCA is authentically and unapologetically Catholic. It’s excellence in academics and athletics is rooted in its mission to pass on the beauty of the Catholic faith in a way that is relevant to the modern world. The result is a constant focus on the character and virtue of its students, challenging them to be the best version of themselves not just academically, but spiritually as well.”

SCA Parent

“[SCA] builds upon your faith and strengthen you academically throughout the four years in high school so that you are more than ready when you move on to college.”

Zina

“I LOVE this school. The teachers are excellent. Because the students are so friendly, it’s easy to fit in and make friends even if you have had a tough time at other schools. There is virtually no bullying and it is a very friendly, positive environment. Highly recommended.”

Alumna, Class of '17

“Even if there were 10 stars, I would still put 11!”

Katherine

“This school is not only college prep, it is life prep. I know that my daughter is being educated to go out and make a positive difference in the world. She will graduate with the confidence and courage to lead wherever she goes in life. I love the principal, the teachers, and the families. It is such a blessing to be a part of the SCA Family. I know the friends my daughter has made will be her sisters for life.”

SCA Parent

“An excellent community for families that want to stay involved! Everyone has a different opinion and all students, staff, and faculty are respectful of it. I have never been in an environment that was so inviting and welcoming. It is easy to find a home in this school because the staff genuinely care about you and want you to succeed. It really is a beautiful place and a great experience. I am very lucky to have gone through high school there.”

Alumna

“This school has a very strong faith atmosphere! The school is fairly new, but is starting to build a name for itself both spiritually and academically. The faculty and staff rock!”

Student, Class of '19

“SCA proves you can educate young women to both get into Heaven and Harvard!”

SCA Parent

“I was among one of the very first classes SCA ever had. As a pioneer and a student to be a part of the foundation of clubs and classes that continue today, I am beyond proud of how far the school has come. There were many ups and downs during my four years but an amazing experience overall. Today at college I still look back on and cherish my times at SCA, thankful for the connections, education and sisterhood I acquired. I am looking forward to seeing many more young women carry on the traditions my class and recent classes have set for the future.”

Alumna, Class of '14

“I loved every minute at St. Catherine! The friends I made there will always be a part of my family. This school taught me how to be a strong, intelligent, independent woman who is strong in her faith. I am blessed to say I got to experience SCA.”

Alumna, Class of '18

SCA Summer Office Hours
Tuesday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, by appointment only.