The mission of the St. Francis de Sales Guidance Department is to encourage students to explore academic, personal, and interpersonal strengths and weaknesses, interests and dreams, by supporting them academically, spiritually, emotionally, and physically during their high school years.

The objectives of the Guidance Department are to:

  •  prepare students for post secondary planning
  •  assist students in making healthy decisions
  •  teach students how to problem solve and enhance their coping skills
  •  develop positive values and work habits
  •   increase social skills; and
  • learn to make adjustments to the demands and responsibilities associated with adolescence. 

The responsibilities of the Guidance Department include:

  •   holding individual sessions
  •   grade level meetings & parent programs
  • classroom visits,
  •  mediation and, if needed,
  • referrals to outside agencies
  • Students are encouraged to set appointments with the counselor as needed and counselors may also initiate conversations if anyone raises concern about the academic, spiritual, emotional or physical well-being of a student. The guidance department of St. Francis de Sales sees every student 1 per semester. Additionally, the college counselor meets with every junior and senior at the start of the year to jump-start the process for college/ post-secondary planning.

Parents are strongly encouraged to contact their child's counselor with any academic or personal questions or concerns. 

St. Francis de Sales High School has two counselors for the 2015-2016 academic year:

1.      Tara Hinds, Personal Counselor & Administrator, is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC; LCPC pending) with a wide range of individual, family, and group experience in residential, hospital, and community settings. She is available to address personal issues, interpersonal issues, adjustment issues, family issues, psychological concerns, and anything else that you may feel is affecting your student. 

2.      Ruairi Fennessy, College Counselor & Academic Dean, holds a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. He was worked with the ACT, has valuable experience in AP curriculum, and is well-trained in educational best practices. He is available to guide our students and families through the process of preparing for life after St. Francis, be that filling out a FAFSA, preparing for & registering for the ACT, exploring careers, or navigating the college selection/ application process. Throughout the year, he will host several events to educate and assist our Juniors, Seniors, and their families. Mr. Fennessy also works with our faculty to create the best possible instructional environment for each and every student.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact one or both of them.

E-mail:  thinds@sfdshs.org or rfennessy@sfdshs.org