The counselors at Notre Dame Preparatory School work with all students individually, in small groups and in classroom settings to help them achieve academic, personal, college and career goals. Counselors also are available to meet with parents and school staff whenever necessary.

MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM

The middle school counselor meets with the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in a classroom setting each week. The curriculum includes developmentally appropriate discussion topics such as adjustment to middle school, issues of early adolescence, academic support and general concerns. A learning resource specialist supports students who have documented learning disabilities and/or who are experiencing academic difficulties in more than one subject.

UPPER LEVEL PROGRAM

Preparing students and families for the college selection and application process is a four-year process. During the student’s freshman year, she is assigned both an academic/personal counselor and a college counselor who follow her for four consecutive years. This collaborative approach ensures that each student has the most comprehensive academic, personal and college preparatory program available in any high school setting. In addition, a learning resource specialist supports students who have documented learning disabilities and/or who are experiencing academic difficulties in more than one subject.

COLLEGE COUNSELING

Notre Dame Prep College Counselors work to ensure that NDP students receive the most comprehensive and current assistance regarding the college application and decision process. By attending national professional conferences, seminars, and workshops, they are well informed on topics such as financial aid, college admissions and NCAA eligibility standards. They meet regularly with high school counselors from area independent schools sharing information regarding trends in college admissions. During the year, the college counselors frequently visit college admissions offices to discuss current admissions trends, university admissions requirements, D-1 athletics, financial aid resources, and scholarship programs.
NDP's college counselors belong to:
  • National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC)
  • American School Counselors Association (ASCA), and
  • Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS)

SCHOOL COUNSELING DEPARTMENT RESOURCES

NDP’s School Counseling Office uses Naviance for college, career, and academic planning throughout middle and upper school. The Naviance program allows students remote and in-school access for use in seminar classes, personal meetings, and at-home investigation. The School Counseling office also displays a Counseling Resource Board with posted information and self-serve pamphlets regarding topics of particular interest and relatability to the student population. The Counseling Newsletter is published each month with a variety of academic, social, emotional, and college counseling information for all students and parents to investigate. The School Counseling Department welcomes all students and parents with questions concerning the specific personal and college needs of the student.
Our Counseling Staff

Terry St. Laurent, Director of Counseling and School Counselor (College)
2020: G-O
2021: Go-N
2022: G-N
2023: G-N
410-825-6202 ext. 1310
stlaurentt@notredameprep.com

Ginna Alderman, School Counselor (Personal)
2020: A-K
2021: A-K
2022: A-K
2023: A-K
410-825-6202 ext. 1309
aldermanv@notredameprep.com

Mary Ellen Beck, School Counselor (College)
2020: P-Z
2021: O-Z
2022: O-Z
2023: O-Z
410-825-6202 ext. 1308
beckm@notredameprep.com

Vicky Burns, Administrative Assistant
410-825-6202 ext. 1306
burnsv@notredameprep.com

Jessica Finkelstein, School Counselor (Personal)
Grades 6, 7, & 8
410-825-6202 ext. 1655
finkelsteinj@notredameprep.com

Bridget Gallant, School Counselor (Personal)
2020: L-Z
2021: L-Z
2022: L-Z
2023: L-Z
410-825-6202 ext. 1415
gallantb@notredameprep.com

Cecelia McGrain. Learning Resource Specialist (Middle Level)
410-825-6202 ext. 1411
mcgrainc@notredameprep.com

Marge Potter, Learning Resource Specialist (Upper Level)
410-825-6202 ext. 1710
potterm@notredameprep.com

Maureen Walsh, School Counselor (College)
2020: A-F
2021: A-Gl
2022: A-F
2023: A-F
410-825-6202 ext. 1307
walshm@notredameprep.com


Notre Dame Preparatory School

An Independent, Catholic Girls School
Grades 6-12
Sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame
© Notre Dame Preparatory School 2016