Counseling & College Advising


The SMR Counseling Team

The SMR Counseling Team supports students socially, emotionally and academically throughout their four years. 

Concierge services provided by the SMR Counseling Team include:

  • Small group counseling based on students’ needs
  • Classroom guidance lessons
  • Parent-only events that cover topics such as technology addiction, course selection, making the most of summer vacation, etc.
  • A college and career readiness program to aid students in identifying strengths and interests for post-secondary goals
  • Robust college preparation and application process curriculum integrated into academic classes
  • College night events with appropriate content for each grade level and parents
  • Annual on-campus college fair with over 45 colleges represented
  • SMR-sponsored college tours during the school year
  • Student workshops on how to write college essays, apply for scholarships and choose and apply to college

College Advising

Students begin the path to college the moment they become a member of the St. Mary's Ryken community. The SMR Director of College Advising (Certified Educational Planner), along with each grade-level counselor, guide students beginning freshman year for their college career.

Our team of counselors and Learning Resource Specialists, help students navigate the demands and challenges of the classroom.

Counselors work one-on-one and in groups to identify a student's strengths and to guide them in course selection. Students work with the freshman counselor their first year, then one counselor for the next two years, and with the college counselor for their senior year.

Preparing for College Starts Day 1

  • Student workshops on college essays, scholarships, admission, choosing a college, and service academies are available throughout each year
  • Separate college night events are hosted for freshmen/sophomores, juniors and seniors and their parents
  • College preparation and curriculum about the college application process are integrated into academic classes

For additional information and questions about the college advising benefit to your child’s SMR high school experience, please contact Mr. David Hamilton, Director of College Advising and Certified Educational Planner at