Guidance Department

The Guidance Department is rooted in the mission statement of Saint Dominic Academy, empowering young women for leadership.  Counselors serve students in grades 8-12, and ideally follow a student throughout her high school career.  Students meet with their counselor annually to discuss their growth and development, short and long term goals, standardized test scores, and college planning.  The Guidance Department works in collaboration with students, parents, teachers, and the administration to monitor each student’s success.

8th GRADE GUIDANCE (Counselor: Ms. Ruiz)
During 8th grade, students meet in small groups with their counselor once each cycle. Topics covered include: communication skills, self-esteem, goal-setting, study skills, testing anxiety, middle school to high school transition, and more.

FRESHMAN GUIDANCE (Counselor: Ms. Ruiz)  
In Freshman year, the emphasis is on helping students make a smooth transition into high school.  Freshman year presents unique challenges.  Counselors meet with each student to assist them in mastering the social and learning skills needed to secure the foundation for a successful high school career.

SOPHOMORE GUIDANCE (Counselor: Mrs. McCaig)
Sophomore are introduced to the Naviance Program, which they will continue to use throughout their Senior year.  Counselors assist students in interpreting the results of a self-assessment survey and career interest inventory.  Researching various careers and future planning are emphasized.

JUNIOR GUIDANCE (Counselor: Mrs. McCaig)
Juniors are guided through managing the entire college selection and application process.  Students are reminded about time management, and select dates to take the SAT.  Counselors assist students in conducting individual college searches, and also bring the junior class to a large college fair.  The college essay, interviewing skills, and tips on college visits will also be discussed.

SENIOR GUIDANCE (Counselor: Ms. Ruiz)  
In Senior year, counselors meet with students to review their finalized list of college choices, and to assist them step by step as they apply to colleges.  Topics will include filling out applications, use of the Common App, requesting transcripts, teachers’  letters of recommendation, scholarship applications, and financial aid.