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Counseling Staff

The counseling department consists of six counselors; 4 personal counselors and two college counselors. Students will have the same personal counselor all four years and also work with a college counselor their junior and senior years.

Kelly Shanks- Freshman Counselor

Betsy Kramer- Sophomore Counselor

Emily Johnson- Junior Counselor

Fran Dotson- Senior Counselor

College Counselors:

Leslie O’Connor - Students with last names A-K

Ron Padgett - Students with last names L-Z

Colleges, schedule your visit to SHA! Click HERE

College Guidebook

The SHA College Counseling Guidebook is available to all students as a helpful tool in managing the college search process. This in-depth guide provides a checklist and timeline for each year as well as other helpful information, so students are sure to stay organized in the college search and application process.

College and University Visits

More than 80 admissions representatives from colleges and universities around the country visit SHA throughout the fall semester. A one-day bus trip to two colleges is offered for juniors and seniors each fall. Juniors are allowed one absence and seniors are allowed two absences to visit colleges and universities.

Communication Tools

· Regular emails to students and parents on a variety of topics such as summer enrichment programs, available scholarships, program offerings, and important deadlines through Naviance.

· Quarterly newsletter Counseling Office newsletter, Heartfelt.

· College Counseling Twitter Page @SHACollege4You

· Regularly scheduled student meetings

· Comprehensive information and planning tools on Edline


Sacred Heart Academy subscribes to the online college planning tool, Naviance. Each student is given an account at the beginning of her freshman year and will use this program throughout high school. Naviance helps to make the college search process simpler and provides a wealth of information about college admissions procedures. Students can match career interests to colleges, compare schools, search available scholarships, and manage application documents.

Standardized Test Prep

Sacred Heart Academy subscribes to Method Test Prep for each student. This is a web-based guided test prep for the ACT and SAT.

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