Academics

College Counseling

The process of college admissions begins freshman year. Successful college placement is one of the most important goals of St. Augustine Preparatory School. Working for acceptance to a college of choice challenges students to meet their fullest potential and prepare for leadership roles in society. While the students themselves bear the primary responsibility for college admission, family members, college counselors, faculty, administrators, coaches, and alumni assume important roles in the process as well.

The Process


The focus of freshman year is on St. Augustine Prep’s notable Unitas Progam. The overarching goal of this program is to form quick associations and become a part of the Prep family. Each Unitas group has approximately 12 – 14 young men, and they quickly form strong ties, not only with their advisor, but with one another. As part of the Unitas Program, each student and his family are immediately connected with a faculty member — one who is readily available to address questions, needs, and concerns. In addition to structured monthly meetings, the advisors are available to students and their parents to address individual transitional needs.


Unitas
During their sophomore year, students will meet with their Unitas groups to continue to develop and strengthen their relationships within the school community. Unitas groups will continue to meet monthly and students’ advisors will continue to be a resource for students’ and families’ individual needs.

Students will begin to explore colleges and careers their sophomore year. They will utilize Scoir to discover more about colleges they are interested in.
Students will also take a career assessment to learn more about their interests and strengths. Students will meet with their school counselor throughout the year
and can begin to select elective courses based on their college and career interests.


The College Counseling Department works diligently to minimize both the stress and confusion often created by the college selection process. The key to successful college placement is ongoing, effective communication between the student, the parents, the college counselor, and the colleges.

To further strengthen students’ college options and readiness, St. Augustine Prep has implemented a Logic and Comprehension course.  This course is designed to help prepare students for the new SAT. The verbal and mathematical skills assessed on the SAT will be addressed in the course, as well as test-taking strategies specific to the exam. The course will consist of lectures, interactive use of problems to illustrate ideas, question and answer sessions, content reviews, and student collaboration. The study of math, data analysis, statistics, and grammar will promote content mastery. The optional SAT essay will also be reviewed in order to help students craft top-scoring SAT essays.

  • September: Junior Advisory Meeting #1
  • September: Junior Parent Meeting/College Fair 
  • October: SAT Testing (Administered at St. Augustine Prep)
  • October: PSAT Testing/Individual Student & Parent College Counselor Meetings 
  • October: Junior Advisory Meeting #2
  • October: Practice ACT (Administered at St. Augustine Prep)
  • December: SAT Testing (Administered at St. Augustine Prep)
  • December: Junior Advisory Meeting #3
  • January: Individual Student & Parent College Counselor Meetings/Standardized Testing Plans
  • February: St. Augustine Prep Job Shadow Program
  • March: SAT Testing (Administered at St. Augustine Prep)
  • March: Junior Parent Meeting
  • March-May: Individual Students & Parent College Counselor Meetings/Standardized Testing Plan/Identify Particular College Requirements
  • Summer: Common Application Workshops/Essay Writing Presentations


Throughout senior year, counselors work closely with students and their families during the college application process. It is this partnership that allows our students to be successful in identifying and applying to schools that are a good fit academically, socially, and financially.

  • Summer: Common Application Workshop/Essay –Writing Presentations              
  • September: Senior Parent Meeting
  • September: Financial Aid Presentation – Awareness of FASFA and CSS Profile Deadlines
  • September: Interview Skills and Tips Presentation
  • September: Mock Interviews
  • September: College Fair  
  • September-December: Apply to colleges and universities
  • October: College Interview Day
  • October: SAT Testing (Administered at St. Augustine Prep)
  • December: SAT Testing (Administered at St. Augustine Prep)
  • May: Identify College Placement/Send Housing Deposit
  • May: Submit St. Augustine Prep Transcript Release/Scholarship Report


Guidance and Counseling Team

Ms. Corie Adamucci

College Guidance Counselor


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Ms. Gabriella D’Amico

College Guidance Counselor


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Ms. Elizabeth Donovan

College Guidance Counselor


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Ms. Melissa English

College Guidance Counselor, Science


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Ms. Stephanie Howard

College Guidance Counselor


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Mrs. Kathy Shelton P’04 ’12

College Guidance Administrative Assistant


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