Helping students achieve academic, personal, college, and career goals

Supporting the whole student
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. The learning specialist teachers are available to all students to help them achieve their academic goals.

List of 4 items.

  • Upper Level Counseling

    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. Freshman seminar addresses topics such as the transition to high school, study skills, managing friendships, and more.  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.
  • Middle Level Counseling

    A dedicated 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.
  • 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.

    College Counseling programs include:
    • College preparation seminar classes for juniors and seniors
    • Grade-level evening sessions for families on college prep 
    • Summer workshops on essay writing, resume writing, and completing college applications
    • Comprehensive online resource portals for students and parents

    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)
    • Maryland School Counselors Association
  • 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.

College and School Counselors

List of 7 members.

  • Photo of Theresa St. Laurent

    Ms. Theresa "Terry" St. Laurent 

    Director of Counseling & College Counselor
    (410) 825-6202 x1310
  • Photo of Virginia Alderman

    Mrs. Virginia "Ginna" Alderman 

    UL School Counselor
    (410) 825-6202 x1309
  • Photo of Amy Cavanaugh

    Ms. Amy Cavanaugh 

    College Counselor
    (410) 825-6202 x1307
  • Photo of Jessica Finkelstein

    Ms. Jessica Finkelstein 

    ML School Counselor
    (410) 825-6202 x1655
  • Photo of Bridget Gallant

    Mrs. Bridget Gallant 

    UL School Counselor
    (410) 825-6202 x1415
  • Photo of Nicole Gedney

    Mrs. Nicole Gedney 

    Counseling Assistant
    410-825-6202 ext. 1306
  • Photo of Samantha  Scanlan

    Ms. Samantha  Scanlan 

    College Counselor
    (410) 825-6202 ext. 1308

Notre Dame Preparatory School

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