College Counseling

Priory's college counseling office embraces the Benedictine value of individuality by offering support, guidance, and advice appropriate for students based on their own individual talents, abilities and passions. Priory's goal is to assist students in discovering colleges that are strong academic and social matches. Students and parents have access to full-time, highly trained, and experienced college counselors as well as a complete range of informational resources, including opportunities to meet admissions representatives from colleges across the country and the world.

Christine Pluta, Director of College Counseling, and Anya Ishida, Associate Director of College Counseling, guide students through a four-year curriculum that emphasizes discovering personal learning styles and long-term project planning, as well as course planning, standardized testing prep, college research, and application tools, and personal statement preparation.

Students meet individually and in small groups with the counselors several times in increasing frequency as they approach the completion of college applications. The counselors help students become familiar with the admissions process, narrow their choices, arrange documentation, and, finally, complete their college applications. When students take an active role in their college search by accepting responsibility, seeking information, and following guidelines, this process is effective, positive, and often leads students to discover something new about themselves.

The college counselors are advocates for each individual student. They assist students in finding and gaining acceptance to schools that are appropriate academic and social matches—the true definition of a “best fit” college. Woodside Priory School uses SCOIR. SCOIR provides solutions for Students, Counselors and Colleges focused on finding the right fit through a unified college search and planning network. 
Thank you for your continued support of our college counseling program; it is our pleasure to assist you.

College Counseling
Christine Pluta and Anya Ishida

Ms. Pluta and Ms. Ishida are available throughout each school day by appointment. Drop-ins are welcome when available, but pre-scheduled appointments take precedence.

Meet the College Counseling Team

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Christine Pluta

    Christine Pluta 

    Director of College Counseling
    (650) 851-6144
    Bryn Mawr - BA
  • Photo of Anya Ishida

    Anya Ishida 

    Associate Director of College Counseling
    (650) 851-8226
    University of Hawaii at Manoa - BA
    Chaminade University of Honolulu - MS
  • Photo of Erin  Serrano

    Erin  Serrano 

    College Counseling Assistant
    (650) 851-6142
    CSU Monterey Bay - BS
    USF - MS

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