Salesianum provides a full range of guidance/counseling services designed to meet the individual needs of our students. As with all we do at Salesianum, the purpose of our guidance/counseling effort is to assist the student in maximizing his potential and achieving all that his unique individual capabilities permit.

A full time guidance counselor for each student is in place to meet the students' need for personal, academic, career, financial aid, and college placement counseling. Additionally, there is a full-time educational support services director who works with students who have documented learning differences. These counselors use a variety of approaches, including individual and group meetings with students and parents, peer and professional counseling, printed information, electronic data resources and individualized coaching sessions.

The focus of all of these efforts is to assist the student and his family in their quest for quality education both in high school and beyond. Guidance and placement activities are second in importance only to academics and character formation during these critical years. The results speak for themselves. Each year, 99% of graduating seniors entered college. They do so with scholarships, grants and financial aid totaling in the million of dollars. Typically, more than two thirds of the class share in grants and scholarships. Sound academic preparation, quality guidance and an aggressive college placement program combine to make Salesianum a truly outstanding educational value.


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Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors: Course Selection is in February. Talk to your teachers and Counselor if you have questions about next year’s courses. Constant improvement in classwork and more challenging courses are great ways to prepare for the college(s) or your choice..

Any Sophomore or Junior who is earning As in phase 4 courses should consider Advanced Placement courses for next year.

Seniors – Be sure not to miss any college application deadlines. As always, please indicate any college or university to which you have applied on your Naviance account. ( If you forget how, please see your Counselor. Now is an excellent time to research scholarships. Two commonly used websites for scholarship information are: and . You can also do a search on the Naviance program.

SAT & ACT Tests – Seniors should be sure to send their SAT/ACT scores to the colleges they have applied to. Salesianum will not receive your scores until approximately one month after the test date. To send your scores, visit or

Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen - PSAT test results were distributed before Christmas. Please share these with your parents.

Guidance Department Structure:

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House Assignments








School Counselors

Larry Fletcher
Ext. 115

Ralph Heiss

Ext. 112

College Counselors

Will Yarnell (Director)

Ext. 107

Molly Ontiveros
Ext. 169

Chris La Tempa
Ext. 109


School Counselors are responsible for, but not limited to:

Academic counseling, course selection, emotional support, family related issues, injuries, special circumstances, etc.

Works primarily with the freshmen and sophomores, but will continue to support juniors and seniors as necessary.


College Counselors are responsible for, but not limited to:

Letters of recommendation, college search issues, scholarships, transcript release, Junior Advisory, financial aid counseling, etc.

Works primarily with juniors and seniors, but will support freshmen and sophomores where appropriate.

Director of Educational Support Services – Susan Gardner - Ext. 132:

Mrs. Gardner provides additional education support services as necessary. Students who currently work with Susan Gardner and have documented learning support needs or receive Brisson Center services will continue to work with Mrs. Gardner for their school counseling needs. However, they will work with the appropriate College Counselor (designated by House) for their college counseling needs.

Community Counselor – Patrick Dever - Ext. 168:

Mr. Dever provides emotional support and individual/personal counseling to students who self-identify as at risk or are referred by a teacher, administrator, or parent. Referral services to outside organizations that provide specific and necessary services may also be provided.

Administrative Asst:

Tara Mosier
Ext. 102