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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.

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
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

Scholarships

Every Little Bit Helps!

There are many scholarships available to help cover the costs of private and continuing education. Here at St. Catherine of Siena Academy our Counseling Department collects and distributes information about prime scholarship opportunities for our STARS.

Check out the Scholarships page to see what you could apply for today!

During November, MI Student Aid will provide tips and tricks for filling out scholarship applications, as well as other resources that can make college accessible, affordable, and achievable for Michigan students. Visit https://www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid, fill out the survey, and MI Student Aid will match your information with its scholarship database.

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.

“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

“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

“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

“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

“Beautiful school!”

Rachel

“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

“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

“[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 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

“[Teachers] care about the success of each student. They come early to help students and stay after school if necessary. They are a super dedicated faculty.”

SCA Parent