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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.

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.

“This place (SCA) is about the best Catholic high school you can go to, in my opinion. The whole school isn’t just a school, but a family where everybody knows everybody. It’s a small enough school for that to be possible-and it’s really awesome! What makes SCA different is the people that make up the SCA family. There are no bullies and no one is mean to you. Everybody looks out for you and your teachers become friends….This place is really close to my heart.”

Alumna, Class of '12

“An excellent school that brings the girls together more like sisters rather than friends.”

Zina

“An excellent community for families that want to stay involved!”

Leighanne

“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

“This high school experience is like none other you can get anywhere. There is joy and comradery and the girls are happy and excel. They are being supported and encouraged by staff. You can watch a girl come in who had a bad experience elsewhere, bloom here and become a different girl in a short time. Can’t say enough good about it. Thank God the founders had this vision and followed through with it. Well needed and we are very thankful!”

SCA Parent

“The school lives up to their mission statement by unlocking the feminine genius in the girls who go there and providing us with the opportunity to discover who we are meant to be.”

MaryKatherine

“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

“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

“Another thing I enjoyed about the school was the athletics. I played four different sports at this school and I had the same experience with all of them. The coaches really cared about me, not just how well I was performing and I was treated respectfully on and off the court. Further more, I felt that I was really being pushed physically and mentally during practice which I value in any activity.”

Alumna

“The community service, the focus on virtuous living, and the sisterhood really instills compassion and respect for all of humanity.”

SCA Parent