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Counseling Department

St. Catherine of Siena Academy’s Counseling Program assures that SCA students have the best high school experience possible.  SCA’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. SCA’s Guidance Counseling Program provides students with career, college, and personal counseling.

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

Guidance Counseling

  • Mental, Emotional, Social, Behavioral, Developmental Services – Students can be helped with anxiety, short-term counseling and a non-judgmental listening ear.
  • 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.
  • 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.

College Counseling

  • College and Career Readiness – Students will prepare for the college standardized test process through a various tests such as the PSAT. The
    results form the PSAT will be used as a baseline score to help prepare for ACT and SAT tests.
  • Personalized Scheduling – Students meet individually with her counselor to discuss her four year plan and scheduling for the next academic year.
  • Parent Education – Evening events are provided for parents (and in some cases students) to guide you through the college admissions,
    financial aid and scholarship processes. Assistance is also provided for preparing for the NCAA Clearinghouse.
  • 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 in this way.

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“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

“Recently attended an event at this school – very beautiful!”

Kenneth

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

SCA Parent

“My first day of freshman year was something I never expected, Saint Catherine just felt like home. The atmosphere, staff, and the student body were all so amazing. I knew from the second I came to the school that it was where I was meant to be. I am currently a senior and my experience so far has been one too remember I have grown mentally, physically, spiritually and my journey has been one to remember. I love SCA and all the girls I have met are truly going to be my sisters throughout my life, its an amazing school and is a place I will call home forever.”

Alumna, Class of '18

“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

“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

“This high school builds the whole young woman intellectually, spiritually, and teaches the feminine genius approach to life. Amen!”

Chrissy

“A crazy amount of extra curricular options-basically if you are passionate about it [SCA] will find a way to help you bring it to fruition!”

Leighanne

“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

“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