The goal of our Guidance and Counseling Departments is to support growth in maturity through freedom and responsibility. To this end, St. Brendan has established a counseling approach to discipline. There are many ways we seek to help students grow academically, psychologically, and spiritually. Our goal is to guide them on the path that will lead to a fulfilled and successful life. Our counselors work towards helping students understand their experiences and find their paths in life by establishing a collaborative relationship between students, parents, teachers, and administrators. We strive to treat students in a manner that promotes mutual respect, understanding, and acceptance while enhancing self-esteem, self-expression, and self-discipline. 
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Grade Level Programming

Freshman year
  • Freshman Orientation: Introductory meeting provided by Grade Level Counselor and Guidance Director for parents and students
  • Freshman Guidance Night: Guidance Team and school administrators welcome new parents and present freshman year expectations
  • Address social and emotional needs through various topics discussed both as a group and individually
  • Individual student meetings with Grade Level Counselor
  • Individualized academic counseling 
  • Encourage students to join and participate in clubs, sports, and community service learning opportunities
  • Standardized Testing: PSAT and ACT Aspire testing are provided throughout the school year
  • Introduction to Naviance:Freshman will explore career and educational path through College and Career
  • Strengths Assessments
  • Introduction to one of the four Academies and the application process
  • Spring College Fair: open to students and their parents 

College Representatives

We encourage college representatives to visit our school and welcome over 140 representatives each year to visit with our students.

            Sabre Highlight: Freshman Academy Selection

Freshman are encouraged to submit applications to one of our four academies: Medical Academy, STEM Academy, Law & Global Business Academy, and the Visual & Performing Arts Academy. 

Sophomore year
  • Sophomore Guidance Night: Guidance Team and school administrators present sophomore year expectations
  • Address social and emotional needs through various topics discussed both as a group and individually
  • Individual student meetings with Grade Level Counselor
  • Individualized academic counseling 
  • Encourage students to join and participate in clubs, sports, and community service learning opportunities
  • Standardized Testing: PSAT and ACT Aspire testing are provided throughout the school year
  • Naviance: Sophomores will explore career and educational path through College and Career Strengths Assessments
  • Spring College Fair: open to students and their parents 
  • Encourage students to participate in summer programs, shadowing, or internship opportunities
            Sabre Highlight: Sophomore Self-Discovery Assessment

Sophomores self reflect on their strengths, as well as, discover career clusters and pathways using our Naviance Self-Discovery Assessments. 

Junior year
  • Junior Guidance Night: Guidance team and school administrators present junior year expectations and discuss the admissions process for college and universities 
  • Address social and emotional needs through various topics discussed both as a group and individually
  • Individual student meetings with Grade Level Counselor
  • Individualized academic counseling 
  • Encourage students to participate and lead within clubs, sports, and community service learning opportunities
  • Standardized Testing: PSAT and ACT Aspire testing are provided throughout the school year
  • Juniors take the ACT during school day
  • Students have potential to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship (NMSQT) through the PSAT
  • Naviance: Juniors will explore career and educational pathways with Career Strengths and Career Profiler Assessments
  • College fair takes place in the Spring and is open for parents to attend
  • Encourage students to participate in summer programs, shadowing, or internship opportunities 
  • Opportunity to attend the Junior Journey retreat
  • Preparation of college essays and resumes for college applications
  • College Application Boot Camp in the summer 
     

 

            Sabre Highlight: The College Fair

Over 140 colleges and universities attend. Students and parents can gain valuable information about the application process, as well as, learn about different programs, requirements, majors, and scholarship opportunities.

Senior year
  • Senior Guidance Night: Guidance team and school administrators present senior year expectations and discuss the admissions process for college and universities 
  • Address social and emotional needs through various topics discussed both as a group and individually
  • Individual student meetings with Grade Level Counselor and College Counselor
  • Individualized academic counseling
  • Encourage students to participate and lead clubs, sports, and community service learning opportunities
  • Standardized Testing: St. Brendan is a testing site for the SAT and ACT administrations
  • Spring College Fair: open to students and their parents 
  • Application Boot Camp in the summer
  • Financial aid workshops
  • College application workshops
  • Electronic request of transcripts via Naviance
  • Meetings with representatives of colleges and universities
  • Opportunity to attend the Senior Encounter
     

 

            Sabre Highlight: College Application Boot Camp

Workshops meant to kick-start the college application process, where students complete up to 80% of the Common Application, the SSAR, and scholarship applications, as well as develop strong essay drafts for college admissions. 

Meet The Team

Lily Kirschner-Sanchez

Guidance Counselor

Jennifer Mendez

Guidance Counselor

Lethicia Acevedo

Guidance Counselor

Victoria Repp

Guidance Counselor

Amanda Parlade

Guidance Counselor