St. Mary's Academy offers a comprehensive college counseling program to ensure our graduates are well prepared for college. The college counseling staff visits freshman and sophomore classes to discuss the landscape of college admissions and answer questions. Students begin meeting individually with their college counselor junior year. We work with each student to help them reflect on their strengths, values and interests while at that same time help them research and identify a group of colleges where they believe they will thrive.
Highlights of the college counseling program include:
- Parent information nights
- College financial aid night (2016-2017 Presentation)
- Individual meetings with parents and students
- More than 140 college representatives visit SMA
SMA's CEEB code: 380920
Access to Naviance, our web-based college counseling software, is available spring of sophomore year. Click the link above to access. Please contact your college counselor with any issues accessing the site.
College Counseling Staff:
Carolyn Gazeley, Department Chair and College Counselor
Kimberly Crouch, Ph.D., Director of College Counseling
Karlen Suga, M.S. College Counselor
Emma Ensign-Church, College Counseling Assistant
We are happy to welcome college representatives each year. For 2017-18 we are scheduling appointments via SignUp Genius. To set up your visit, please click on the SignUp Genius link and find a date and time that works well for you.
Spring visits can be scheduled beginning the week of January 12. In the spring, we limit visits to lunch times and activity blocks to ensure our students are not missing class. Some dates are not available because of holidays, special all-school events, teacher in-service, or PSAT testing. We operate on a modified block schedule which changes each day. Visits are generally 40 minutes.
If you are not able to find an appointment that works, email Karlen Suga, College Counselor, at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "college visit request."
Our building is located in the heart of downtown Portland, surrounded by Portland State University, businesses, restaurants, and parks. Parking can be a challenge, so please allow extra time to find a space. We are also on the Portland transit mall, with yellow and green MAX line stops right outside our front door.
When arriving, please check in at the front office, on your right as you come through our front door, and they will provide you with a visitors badge and direct you to the counseling center.
Our school profile is available here. It is published each year in September and includes information about graduation requirements, grading scale, honors and Advanced Placement offerings and college admissions test scores.
St. Mary’s Academy is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the National Catholic Education Association, National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, and the Oregon School Activities Association. We are accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools.
Class of 2018
Our September Senior College Night gives parents and students an overview of the coming year as it relates to applying to college and for financial aid.
We offer an All-School Financial Aid night at the end of November. The presentation for juniors and seniors will focus on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Students are strongly encouraged to attend College Representative visits.
The college counseling office encourages frequent meetings with students throughout the year. Students have access to their counselors’ calendars in order to find a time that works best for them.
Periodic class and TA meetings support students more generally through the application process.
Contact Your Counselor
If you have a question or concern about the college process we, encourage you to contact your college counselor, assigned by TA Group.
Class of 2018 College Counselor Assignments:
TA: Berger, Hainley, Housley
TA: Kelley, Nyland, Peterson, Salvi (last names A-G)
TA: Salvi (H-Z), Sonn, Theil, Tormala
Class of 2019
Junior parents are invited to an informal Question and Answer session with the College Counselors in September.
Over 140 college representatives visit St. Mary’s each year. These visits provide a great opportunity for students to hear specifics about a particular college of interest. Juniors are strongly encouraged to attend these visits.Juniors take the PSAT in October during school. The test is a practice test for the SAT. Test results are typically released from the College Board in December.
Juniors and their parents are invited to Financial Aid Night, typically in early December for help understanding need and merit based aid and a guide on how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Students are invited to schedule individual appointments with their college counselors after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Students meet regularly from this point forward so they are well supported in the college research and application process.
In February Junior College Night is made up of rotating break out sessions on topics such as How to Research Colleges, Financial Aid Strategies, How Colleges Choose Among Applicants.
On College Prep Day in May, juniors are introduced to the Common Application, think about which attributes are important to them as they apply to college, write a draft of their Activities Resume, and go through a simulation about finding a financial as well as academic fit.
Contact Your Counselor
If you have a question or concern about the college process we, encourage you to contact your college counselor, assigned by TA group.
Class of 2019 College Counselor Assignments:
TA: Barrett, Cronan, and Daschel
TA: Gardner, Johnson, and Stadler
TA: Tevik, Vannelli, and Whitty
Class of 2020
Sophomores take the Pre-ACT in October on Testing Day. The ACT is one of two standardized tests students will take as juniors for their college entrance exams. The Pre-ACT will give insight into whether students will prefer the ACT or the SAT in their Junior year.
At the end of November or early December, parents and students are invited to an All-School Financial Aid Night. The Freshman/Sophomore presentation will be a primer on how to think about and plan for college costs. We will explain how need-based aid is determined, how merit scholarships might fit into the picture, and ways to anticipate college costs.
During the spring semester, the college counselors visit sophomore classes and introduce some of the material that is available to students when researching colleges.
In the late spring, a Sophomore College Night is scheduled to give parents and students an overview of the college research and application process.
While we have touchpoints with sophomores as a class, each student has an assigned college counselor, should any college-specific questions arise.
Class of 2020 College Counselor Assignments:
TA: Fleming, Gorman, Hemmen
TA: Hounton, Lund, Metscher
TA: Park, Rojas, and Duda
CLASS OF 2021
At the end of November or early December, parents and students are invited to an All-School Financial Aid Night. The freshman/sophomore presentation will be a primer on how to think about and plan for college costs. We will explain how need-based aid is determined, how merit scholarships might fit into the picture, and ways to anticipate college costs.
In early February, we participate in a Freshman Parent Night that covers a range of topics. During that presentation we talk about college in the context of the high school experience and answer questions about how St. Mary's prepares students for college.
During the spring semester, the college counselors visit freshman classes to discuss the wide variety of colleges available, the concept of finding the right ‘fit’ and answer questions.
While we have occasional touch points with freshmen as a class, each student has an assigned college counselor, should any college-specific questions arise. These counselors should remain consistent throughout a student's SMA tenure.
Class of 2021 College Counselor Assignments:
TA: Brooks, Ellis, Faulkner
TA: Haster, McCaffrey, Muth
TA: Rae, Stock-Marquez, Yerton