Guidance & College Counseling

The Notre Dame Academy guidance and college counseling staff supports each student in her personal, academic, and social growth. Our work focuses on three areas:

Social & Emotional Support

Students develop a relationship with their guidance counselor through individual meetings scheduled by the counselor throughout the year. With an open-door policy, students are welcome to stop in and speak with their counselor for support at any time.

Academic Advising

Counselors ensure that each student is working to her academic potential. Annually, guidance is given in choosing the appropriate level of rigor to create the strongest schedule. Additionally, students are provided support when facing academic challenges throughout the year.

College Counseling

Starting in the sophomore year, counselors devote considerable time and research to the process of advising students and families in the college selection process. During the fall of junior year, the Office of Guidance and College Counseling holds a college planning evening for parents which provides an overview of the college admissions process. During the spring of junior year, counselors meet with each student and her family for an individual college consultation. Senior year provides a second parent evening in September, followed by individual meetings with students to facilitate the application process. Each summer, NDA hosts a College Admissions Boot Camp for rising seniors to begin the application and college essay process.

80colleges host information sessions at NDA

50%of the senior class attends NDA's Summer College Application Boot Camp

4Guidance & College Counselors. All hold memberships in national guidance associations.

100%

acceptance into 4-year colleges and universities

Meet Our Staff

Karen Hawthorne

Karen Hawthorne

Titles: Guidance & College Counselor
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 781.749.5930 2216
Barbara Mitchell

Barbara Mitchell

Titles: Assistant Principal, Director of Guidance and College Counseling
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 781.749.5930 2215
Toni-Ann O'Connor

Toni-Ann O'Connor

Titles: Administrative Assistant
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 781.749.5930 2214
Carolyn Powers

Carolyn Powers

Titles: Guidance & College Counselor
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 781.749.5930 2218

Annual College Planning Events


NDA offers informational programs throughout the year to help families with the college application process:


Junior Parent College Planning Evening

Senior Parent Night

SAT / ACT test prep sessions

Career Day

Standardized Testing Information Evening

NCAA Information Program

Financial Aid Night

College Fairs – Fall and Spring

College Interview Days

College Representative Visit Days

Credit for Life financial program for seniors