Guidance and College Counseling

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Guidance & College Counseling

Counselors and Academic Advisors are available to meet your son’s total educational support needs. Counselors work with students on a regular basis to explore educational, career, and college decision-making and personal concerns.

GUIDANCE & COUNSELING DEPARTMENT DIRECTORY

— Sr. Marie Cacciatore, Freshman Counselor
BA – Alvernia University
MA – Villanova
MA – Michigan School of Professional Psychology

— Mr. Chris Lueck (’09), Sophomore/Junior Counselor, A-L
BA – Kalamazoo College
MSW – University of Michigan

— Mrs. Amanda Miller, College Counselor
BA – Central Michigan University

— Ms. Annette Rozwadowski, Sophomore/Junior Counselor, M-Z
BA – University of Michigan
MA – Oakland University
Ed.S – Saginaw Valley State University

— Sr. Elena Sabalausky, Senior Counselor
BA – Alvernia University
MA – Eastern Michigan University
Ed.S – University of Dayton

— Mrs. Debby Flynn, Registrar
BA Boston College
MBA DePaul University

— Mrs. Bethany Beyer, Achieve Plus (A+)
BA History and Education – University of Notre Dame
MA Special Education – Syracuse University
– Professional Teaching Certification, Special Education

— Mrs. Pam Ingrody – Achieve Plus (A+)
UofM Dearborn – BS Mechanical Engineering
UofM – MS Mechanical Engineering
– Professional Teaching Certification, Math and Physics
– “Teaching Students with Mild Learning Disabilities” (Madonna University)

Brother Rice students have access to a substantial counseling curriculum with guidance services including: 

• Academic 

• College & Career 

• Testing & Assessment 

• Social & Emotional Support 

• Achieve Plus (A+) 

Academic Counseling

Academic Counseling is an ongoing and dynamic experience at Brother Rice. Beginning with the admission of our Freshman class annually, the Counseling Department provides transitional activities including Freshman orientation and individual interviews to ensure proper academic placement. Counselors meet with their students individually and in small groups throughout the school year. Parent meetings are scheduled several times a year to provide important and relevant information pertinent to their student’s grade level. 

All Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors participate in structured Chapel Meetings to disseminate information and knowledge essential to a successful Brother Rice educational experience. Topics include academic planning, scheduling, college-readiness, college counseling information (Warrior College Workshops for Juniors & Seniors), standardized testing skills, communication skills, and social/emotional topics intended to develop awareness of self and others. Sessions are conducted by the grade-level counselors and guest speakers. 

College and Career Counseling

College and Career counseling is a four-year process with the services of our on-site college counselor who comes with first-hand experienced in the world of selective college admissions. She is available to second-semester Juniors and Seniors. Small group seminars and meetings are conducted with the college counselor in conjunction with the Junior and Senior counselors. Parent meetings are held multiple times a year on important topics relevant to the college search and application process. Brother Rice Juniors and Senior have the opportunity to meet with college admission officers as they visit each fall. Seniors are supported through the process of college applications and admissions under the guidance of their Senior and College Counselors. The College Visitation Schedule is updated daily in the Fall and is posted in your son’s Naviance account, as well as throughout school bulletin boards and the daily announcements.

Standardized testing

Standardized testing is conducted through the Counseling Department. Brother Rice administers the PSAT 8/9 for 9th grade and the PSAT for 10th grade, the PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) for 11th grade, the PreACT for 9th and 10th grades, and the ACT for 11th graders. Advanced Placement Exams are administered every spring for our AP-level students. Brother Rice is also an approved Cambridge Assessment Testing Centre for Oxford University admissions. 

ACT test

ACT test dates and registration deadlines click here

SAT test

SAT/SAT Subject Test dates and registration deadlines click here.

Achieve Plus (A+)

Achieve Plus (A+) provides eligible students on-site academic support within their area of defined educational needs. Achieve Plus (A+) provides for coordinated and reasonable accommodations for test-taking including standardized tests. Achieve Plus (A+) also serves as the communication link to the Birmingham School district to provide appropriate services to our students with disabilities.  Click here for more information on the Achieve Plus program.

The Brother Rice Guidance Counselors are degreed and licensed professionals, holding both college degrees and professional credentials or licensures. We provide assessment and referral services for personal concerns and work closely with our students and their families to ensure strong professional guidance for our students.