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Guidance and Counseling Services

The overriding goal of the counseling department is to ensure that all students have access to the resources needed to promote health, wellness, and academic success.

Priory has a variety of counseling resources available to our students and parents. There are five full time counselors comprising this department – two college counselors, an academic counselor, a psychologist, and a learning specialist. The Counseling Team meets regularly and coordinates services according to individual student need.  Parents are welcome to contact the Director of Guidance and Counseling, Sandra Martignetti, (smartignetti@prioryca.org) with any questions about services and guidance programs. 

Descriptions of the all-school Advisory Program, Academic Resource Program and Social& Emotional counseling are provided below. Extensive information regarding college counseling is found under “College Counseling” on the Priory website.



Sandra Martignetti
Director of Guidance and Counseling
Bio
Phone: 650-851-8226
smartignetti@prioryca.org


Matt McWright
School Counselor
Bio
Phone: 650-851-6134
mmcwright@prioryca.org


Kathy Gonzalez
Acadamic Resource Counselor
Phone: 650-851-6171
kgonzalez@prioryca.org


The Environment
The campus atmosphere is one of students who generally encourage each other, help each other, and wish each other well. Older students set the tone; younger students learn and grow into it. Two ongoing student-to-student support programs are peer tutoring, offered by the campus honor society, and peer counseling, a supervised program offered by students who choose to take this training during their activity period.


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Standardized Tests
Students will take a series of standardized tests as part of the Priory’s educational experience. 


Middle School

Comprehensive Testing Program (ERB)
Comprehensive Testing Program (ERB) is an assessment of skills in reading, vocabulary, writing, mathematics, verbal and quantitative reasoning.  It is administered during the fall semester to all grades. 


Upper School

The Explore Test

The Explore Test (Grade 9) is administered at the Priory in early October.  The Priory registers students for this test.

The PSAT
The PSAT exams (Grade 10 and 11) are administered at the Priory every October.  
The Priory registers students for this test.


The following tests are used for college admissions

The SAT & SAT Subject Tests
Students register at www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/reg.html. It is the student’s responsibility to register for these tests.

The ACT
Students are responsible for registering online at www.actstudent.org.  It is the student’s responsibility to register for this test.

Advanced Placement (AP)
AP exams are administered on campus for AP classes taught at Priory.  The Priory registers students enrolled in these classes for these tests.

Test of English As A Foreign Language (TOEFL)
It is recommended that International students register for the Test of English As A Foreign Language (TOEFL).  The computer-based TOEFL is offered year-round at multiple sites.  Students are responsible for registering online at www.ets.org/toefl It is the student’s responsibility to register for this test.

 

Students with Diagnosed Disabilities
Accommodations are provided to students with disabilities.  A student must present current documentation from a licensed, private specialist, substantiating the disability, i.e. medical, psychological and learning.  Students will be granted academic accommodations that are supported by the documentation and considered reasonable, such as extended time, use of computer for written work, alternative test site.


Non-standard Administration of SAT or ACT Exams

The College Board offers non-standard administration for the PSAT, SAT, Subject Tests, and the Advanced Placement exams.  In order to qualify students must apply for accommodations  (www.collegeboard.org/student).  Documentation must be on file at the Priory.

The ACT exams also offer accommodations to qualified students.  In order to qualify students must apply to ACT for accommodations  (www.actstudent.org).  Documentation must be on file at the Priory.