Please contact Ellen Prins in the College Guidance Office to schedule an appointment at (561) 210-2410 or email.
Our goal in the Upper School is to prepare our students in mind, body and spirit for success in college and in life. We believe that part of this preparation is putting significant time and effort into discovering good matches between our students and post-secondary institutions.
The College Guidance Office (CGO) at Saint Andrew's School understands that each student is unique and we provide individual guidance when working with our families in college and career planning.
The guidance process starts in the Fall of 11th-grade when each student is linked with our team of college counselors. These counselors will assist them with every facet of the college admissions process.
The College Guidance Office makes extensive use of Naviance, the leading provider of college and career planning and advising systems.
Meet the Guidance Staff
Dr. Robert Bouressa
Director of College Guidance & International Baccalaureate Program
Bob started at Saint Andrew’s in the summer of 2005. He oversees the College Guidance Office, the International Baccalaureate diploma program, and he is the Chairperson of the Academic Affairs Committee. Prior to joining the school, he spent 10 years as the Director of Admission and College Counseling at the Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro, where he also taught and coached. He began his career teaching history and coaching and started working in college admissions at the collegiate level in 1986, serving as the Assistant Director of Admissions at St. Norbert College and later as the Associate Director of Admissions at Georgetown University. Bob earned a B.A. in History from St. Norbert College and M.Ed. and Ed.D. degrees in Higher Education Administration from The College of William and Mary. He lives on campus with his wife Marcia, a psychologist and former insurance executive, who now substitute teaches at Saint Andrew’s. They have two sons, Phillip and Edward, who are both Lower School students. Bob has a passion for water sports and is an avid windsurfer. You will also see him regularly running and biking around Boca Raton, two of his other favorite pastimes.
Juan is a native of El Paso, Texas and has been with the College Guidance Office since 2007. Mr. Acosta is a graduate of Vassar College, where he studied Political Science and Italian, and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Masters in Higher Education Management. Prior to joining Saint Andrew’s, Mr. Acosta worked in the admission office at MIT, and for the Upward Bound Program at Penn. When time permits, he enjoys travelling and trying new cuisines.
Allene joined the Saint Andrew’s community in the fall of 1989. With a M.Ed. in School Counseling from Florida Atlantic University and a B.A. from Fairmont State University in Sociology/Psychology, she was a social worker in Jacksonville, Florida and then Palm Beach County prior to her career in education. After sixteen years as a day faculty member at Saint Andrew’s, Allene and her husband Mark, moved on campus as residents in our boarding community, where she also serves as Girls Dorm Head. The Niemiecs have three grown children who are proud graduates of SAS – Christopher (Class of ’95), Jessica (Class of ’98), and Tyler (Class of ’02). As a member of the College Guidance Office, Allene enjoys the opportunity to travel on behalf of SAS, visiting numerous colleges and universities each year and regularly attending regional and national conferences relating to our students and the college process.
Ellen has been working at Saint Andrew’s since 2008 and is the Administrative Assistant to the College Guidance Office. She has also worked in the Bookstore and has been the Varsity Cheerleading Coach for the football team for the past three years. No stranger to Saint Andrew’s, Ellen and her husband Ed have a 14 year old daughter, Allie (2015) who has been a student here since Kindergarten. Ellen is an alumnus of Southern Methodist University and previously worked in Marketing for a major shopping center development company.
A non-profit, independent, co-educational school for Grades JK - 12, Saint Andrew's School is both a private day and boarding school located in Boca Raton, educating the best students from across Palm Beach County, Florida, the United States, and throughout the world in the Episcopal tradition. LEARN MORE