Upper School Guidance Program


Our Guidance program at the Academy of Notre Dame emphasizes a close working relationship between students and faculty to educate the “whole person for life.”  Our case load assignments offer continuity during the four years of high school to foster development of relationships with individual students which facilitates the ability to provide individualized advice regarding course selection, college search and career considerations.  Our counselors are also in the classroom offering a developmental guidance program appropriate for each grade level.

Developmental Guidance Program

The NDA Guidance Department facilitates a Developmental Guidance Program as part of our Freshwomen program. Students in Grade 9 have ‘class’  with the guidance counselors once every six days during their first semester at the Academy. Topics include adjustment skills, study skills, setting goals, evaluating their performance and help in feeling at home in their new surroundings. Students in other grades meet periodically in a classroom setting to receive information pertinent to their grade level.


Counseling is the heart of the Guidance program. Its primary areas of focus are to promote students’ self-understanding and self-acceptance, facilitate personal decision-making, and resolve special problems. Counseling may take place individually or in groups, depending on the students’ needs and the issues to be addressed. Group counseling sessions for scheduling, and special programming are conducted routinely for all grade levels.All students are assigned to a guidance counselor alphabetically as they enter the Academy and will remain with this counselor for the four years.  This continuity helps promote a trusting and informative relationship between the counselor and the student.  

College Counseling

Working with a student for all four years allows the counselor to get to know students, enabling the counselor to better assist students as they navigate the college planning process.

Historically, 100% of Academy graduates matriculate to college/university. Therefore, college counseling is a major part of the guidance program. Juniors and seniors have individually scheduled appointments, and are expected to meet with their counselor frequently. Group sessions, and evening parent information sessions are scheduled.

Students in all grades are always welcome to make additional appointments. Students may contact their counselor to request a meeting.

The best preparation for a successful college process is a successful high school career.  Students should work hard and do their best in an appropriate array of courses and they should engage as fully as they can in the Academy’s extracurricular life according to their tastes and interests.

The Academy is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and complies with the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice. 

Contact Information

SCHOOL PHONE NUMBER:  978.649.7611
SCHOOL FAX NUMBER:  978.649.2909


stacy marden

"I am so happy to be at the Academy, supporting the students to have the best upper school experience possible. Meeting the girls as freshmen and working in a guidance role through the years to help them with the college process and achieve the goals they have set for themselves is truly rewarding."

Stacy Marsden, Upper School Guidance Counselor 

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