San Marcos Academy’s Counseling and Guidance Program provides the staff and resources our students need to promote academic achievement and college readiness as well as to foster healthy social and emotional development. Our staff consists of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), responsible for mental health issues on campus, and a Guidance Counselor, who manages college issues, standardized testing and routine student adjustment issues.
Counseling & Guidance
LPC / Mental Health Counselor
The Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Ms. Shelley Roberts, is responsible for addressing mental health issues on campus. Her office is on the second floor of the Upper School Academic Building (Cavness-Reed Hall). Students may sign up for appointments by visiting the counselor’s office.
The LPC works with students, parents, and physicians in the areas of mental health and therapy, psychopharmacology, behavioral disorders, and personal problems and provides guidance in arranging for psychological testing. This counselor will provide students with brief solution focused therapy as needed. As the resident mental health professional, the LPC will make referrals and provide names of qualified professionals in the San Marcos area to the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to coordinate additional mental health services or testing as required.
The Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Terilyn Nash, works with students and parents regarding college selection and applications, essays, resumes, letters of recommendation and standardized testing. She also assists the Academic Dean with student issues involving course selection, scheduling of classes, graduation requirements and student adjustment issues. Mrs. Nash’s office is in the College Room, located in the Thomas Library.
The College Room at the Academy, located in the Thomas Library, is the hub for college admission and counseling. Guidance Counselor Terilyn Nash is an experienced, certified school guidance counselor who will meet with students regularly throughout the college research and application process. She is also available to meet with parents and answer their questions at any time. The goal of our college counseling program is to assist each student to locate and gain admittance to the college or university that best meets their needs and interests.
San Marcos Academy is a testing site for the SAT, ACT, PSAT, SSAT and TOEFL tests.
Our CEEB School Code is 446320.
San Marcos Academy provides our students with the opportunity to take a number of standardized tests necessary for their preparation and acceptance to most colleges and universities. These tests are either administered on campus or at nearby locations. Our college counselor works with students to ensure they have completed all the necessary exams for acceptance to the college or university of their choice.
The SAT is a globally accepted admissions test that covers the areas of reading, writing and mathematics. The SAT exam should be taken by students during their junior year and again during their senior year depending on the score on the first exam. The SAT results are accepted by all U.S. four year colleges and universities and should be taken no later than 2 months before application deadline to the college or university the student wishes to attend.
For more information on the SAT, go to www.collegeboard.org
The ACT is a national college admissions exam that tests the areas of English, mathematics, reading and science as well as a writing test. The ACT results are accepted by all U.S. four-year colleges and universities and should be taken no later than 2 months before application deadline to the college or university the student wishes to attend.
For more information on the ACT, go to www.actstudent.org
ACT testing date at SMA is February 9, 2019
The Preliminary SAT is a test that measures skills that are necessary for success in college in the areas of reading, math and science. It is given to provide students practice for the SAT that they will take later in their high school years. All sophomores and juniors take the PSAT prior to the SAT. SMA also uses the PSAT scores to evaluate the academic achievement of our juniors (in leiu of another achievement test).
For more information on the PSAT, go to www.collegeboard.org
The PSAT is administered at various times during the school year in the Shultz Lecture Hall. This year’s dates are October 10, 2018 for Sophomores and Juniors, and February 26, 2019 for Freshmen.
For our non-native English speaking students the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is offered. This test is required by many colleges and universities for foreign students applying for admissions. It evaluates their ability to combine listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform certain academic skills.
For more information on the TOEFL, visit www.toeflgoanywhere.org
Students wishing to enroll in dual credit college courses while attending San Marcos Academy must first demonstrate eligibility with the TSI test if they are not exempted with either their SAT or ACT scores. This test provides and evaluation on the student’s ability to successfully complete college level courses.
For more information on the TSI, go to www.collegeboard.org and type TSI in the search bar. This test may be scheduled by appointment with Mrs. Nash at any time throughout the school year.
San Marcos Academy provides testing each year for students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses or students who desire to take an AP exam to test the student’s ability to perform at a college level. Colleges may grant credit to students based on their score on an AP exam. Student at the Academy may elect to take an AP exam whether or not they have taken the course. AP exams are given each year in May.
For more information regarding AP exams go to www.collegeboard.org or visit with the Guidance Counselor.
The Comprehensive Testing Program is an assessment of high achieving students in the areas of reading, listening, vocabulary, writing, science and mathematics. This test allows for the comparison of students with similar groups of achievers at a national level. The Academy administers the CTP test to students in the 1st – 8th grades each spring in order to track the performance of our students.
For more information, visit erblearn.org
Periodically, our SMA counselors will share resources for parents and students on various mental health issues. Check here for links to these resources.
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