Academic Counseling

St. Vincent’s provides comprehensive academic, college and wellness counseling services to meet the needs of our students.  The Counseling Department is structured so that students will have an academic counselor beginning in 9th grade through 12th grade and a college counselor from the second semester of 11th grade through 12th grade.  The academic advisor meets with students throughout the year to check in and ensure that they are meeting the graduation criteria.

Counseling Resources

Academic Counseling:

See the information on this page.

College Counseling:

Visit our College Counseling page >>

Freshman Academic Advisor

Mrs. Kerry Pedersen
kpedersen@svhs-pet.org
Ext 113

Sophomore Academic Advisor

Mr. Tony Greco
tgreco@svhs-pet.org
Ext 127

Junior Academic Advisor

Mr. Oliver Hunt
nkropelnicki@svhs-pet.org
Ext 189

Senior Academic Advisor / College

Mrs. Nicole Kropelnicki
nkropelnicki@svhs-pet.org
Ext 141

Graduation Requirements

Subject Requirement
English: 8 Semesters (4 years)
Fine Arts: 2 Semesters (1 year)
Language: 4 Semesters of same language (2 years)
Mathematics: 6 Semesters (3 years)
Physical Education: 2 Semesters (1 year)
Religious Studies: 8 Semesters (4 years)
Science: 6 Semesters (3 years)
Social Science: 8 Semesters (4 years)
College Prep Electives: 10 Semesters

Community Service Program: 100 hours, supervised

Total credits required for graduation: 260

Course Catalog link >>

Curriculum at a Glance >>

Honors and AP Program

Freshmen are admitted to the Honors classes based upon their elementary school GPA, recommendations, and scores on the entrance and placement examinations. In the sophomore, junior, and senior years, students who meet with academic success in one or more academic areas are recommended for Honors and/or Advanced Placement courses by the faculty.

Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses are required to take the AP exam at the end of the school year. Advanced Placement Examinations enable students to demonstrate their competence in college level courses by taking three-hour examinations in mid-May. These tests contain objective and written sections and, in the case of language exams, a listening and speaking portion as well.

While it is important to take a rigorous course load, taking too many Honors or Advanced Placement courses can be detrimental. Students should think carefully about an Honors or Advanced Placement course load and discuss it with parents and counselors. This is especially true if students are considering more than three Honors or Advanced Placement courses at one time.

What is AP Capstone?

“AP Capstone™ is a College Board program that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. AP Capstone comprises two AP courses — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to complement and enhance the discipline-specific study in other AP courses.

Rather than teaching subject-specific content, these courses develop students’ skills in research, analysis, evidence-based arguments, collaboration, writing, and presenting. Students who complete the two-year program can earn one of two different AP Capstone awards, which are valued by colleges across the United States and around the world.”  —College Board

St. Vincent’s Sequence of Coursework

9th Grade: Participate in the Research Club

10th Grade: Evening AP Seminar course

11th Grade: Evening AP Research course

12th Grade: Continue to work towards AP Capstone diploma

Application Process

For 8th graders applying to SVHS, please indicate that you are interested in the program.  You will need to submit 2 teacher’s emails so that we can send them a letter of recommendation form.  If selected, your acceptance package will contain a letter of invitation.  For enrolled 9th grade students, please see Ms. Dunne or your counselor for a link to the application.  You will need to maintain a 3.6 overall GPA, 3.7 in both Honors English and Speech/Critical Thinking.  In addition, you will select one STEM and one Humanities teacher to fill out a recommendation form – teacher emails are submitted via the application.

For more information please access the College Board Website Program Description

For assistance with Academic Counseling, please contact:
Nicole Kropelnicki
College & University Advisor
(707) 763-1032, ext 141
nkropelnicki@svhs-pet.org