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

70%of the senior class attends NDA's Summer College Application Boot Camp

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


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Meet Our Staff

Jean Bailey

Titles: Guidance Administrative Assistant
Phone Numbers:
School: 781-749-5930 Ext. 2214

Olga Collins

Titles: Adjustment Counselor
Phone Numbers:
School: 781-749-5930 Ext. 2219

Kathryn Decelles

Titles: School and College Counselor
Phone Numbers:
School: 781-749-5930 Ext. 2011

Anne Gallagher

Titles: Director of College Counseling
Phone Numbers:
School: 781-749-5930 Ext. 2211

Caitlin O'Connell

Titles: Guidance Counselor, Assistant Coach, Varsity Soccer, Head Coach, Varsity Gymnastics
Phone Numbers:
School: 781-749-5930 Ext. 2217

Georgia Roache

Titles: Guidance Counselor
Phone Numbers:
School: 781-749-5930 Ext. 2218
Eileen Williams

Eileen Williams

Titles: School and College Counseling Coordinator
Phone Numbers:
School: 781-749-5930 Ext. 2216

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