Grade Level Counseling

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Grades Pre-School to 6

The counseling program in the Lower School aims to help students understand themselves and others, identify those with special needs and insure they get proper assistance and work with parents and teachers to ascertain academic needs. The Lower School counselor also assists the family interpret the results of standardized tests scores.

Lower School Counselor Fiona Hayashi, who has lived in Hawai'i for over a decade and holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from Chaminade University, is focused on helping students become independent self-advocates. She works actively with teachers and parents to provide support services and strengthen families and the school community.

Counselor Fiona Hayashi  |  808.734.5058, ext. 254  |  Email


Grades 7 and 8

The counseling program for students in grades seven and eight helps to insure the successful transition of students from the Lower School to Junior High; provide academic, social and personal guidance; set goals for High School and start building on career awareness and goals. The counselor also helps the Junior High students understand and work through these developmental challenges; discover their unique talents and “voice;” communicate their needs and desires more effectively; and resolve conflicts in healthy and productive ways. The grades seven and eight counselor aims to help her students transition smoothly to Junior High, while also addressing the many personal, emotional and intellectual changes they face as "tweens."

Grades 9

In grade nine, the emphasis is on helping students transition into High School. The freshman counselor meets with each student to assist them in mastering the social and learning skills needed to develop the foundation for a successful period the remainder of high school. This is also the year when students develop academic plans.

Having taught in the classroom for almost a decade at Saint Joseph School, Gr. 7, 8 and 9 Counselor Annaliza Miyashiro brings a unique perspective to her interactions with students. Miyashiro has a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Chaminade University and has been a licensed School Counselor since 2007. 

Counselor Anna Miyashiro  |  808.734.5058, ext. 228  |  Email


Grade 10

During sophomore year, students focus on determining potential career paths and interests and developing their personal strengths. Students in grade 10 are also introduced to the Naviance Program, a comprehensive and collegiate and career readiness program that helps them connect academic achievement and post-secondary goals. In preparing for college, sophomores also take the PSAT/NMSQT, and the sophomore counselor helps analyze the score results.

Grade 11

During junior year, students begin to immerse themselves in the college selection and application process, with assistance from their grade-level counselor as well as the Academy's college counselor. The junior counselor helps students research and refine post-secondary options and fine-tune their college essay and interviewing skills. And, juniors are able to meet with representatives from over 80 local, national and international colleges and universities who visit campus to help disseminate information about their programs. In preparation for taking the SAT, students in grades 10 also retake the PSAT/NMSQT.

The current tenth and eleventh grade counselor, Keely Carey, a graduate of Santa Ynez Valley Union High School in Santa Barbara County, California holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from San Diego State University and a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Santa Barbara. Having counseled adolescence for several years Mrs. Carey brings a unique perspective with rich experience from diverse backgrounds.

Counselor Keely Carey  |  808.734.5058, ext. 319  |  Email


College Counseling/Grade 12

During grade 12, the Academy's college counselor helps students and their parents navigate and complete the college admissions process and find the school which is the proper “fit” for the family. While the college planning begins in previous years with the support of the other grade counselors, the college counselor helps families complete the process, including completing college applications, submitting transcripts, completing letters of recommendation,  and applying for financial aid.

For  17 years, Randall Fong has helped the Academy's students navigate the college admissions process. A graduate of Damien Memorial High School, Fong has a Master's Degree in Education from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Each year 100 % of the senior class apply and are accepted to local, national or international colleges or universities.

College Counselor Randy Fong  |  808.734.5058, ext. 231  |  Email