To schedule an appointment with the College Guidance Office, or one of the counselors, please contact Ellen Prins at (561) 210-2410 or via email.
The college guidance process is an integral part of the total experience of a Saint Andrew's education. Our goal in the Upper School is to prepare our students in mind, body and spirit for success in college and in life. The College Guidance Office (CGO) at Saint Andrew's School recognizes the vast diversity in students and families and therefore provides individual guidance throughout the college admission process. Our college counselors strive to be leaders in the college admissions field and work on committees such as the National Merit Scholarship program, as well as sitting on university advisory boards, and serving as consultants to educational organizations and schools. We are also involved in regional, national and international college admissions organizations, and actively cultivate relationships with college and university admissions offices. Our hope is that all families make extensive use of the personal service our college counselors provide as well as the other resources that are available to you through the CGO.
The college guidance program is designed to complement this personal relationship and provide resources for students and parents who want to learn more about our office and the events we sponsor. The College Guidance Office coordinates a four-year program that utilizes the assessments for self-discover and career exploration, making extensive use of the Naviance, the leading provider of college and career planning and advising systems for secondary schools in the world. Our office runs numerous programs that bring leading experts in the college admissions and financial aid field on a regular basis. It also host an annual college fair that brings over 200 colleges and universities to the Saint Andrew’s campus as well as over 120 individual college visits further enhancing the personal relationships with college admissions offices. Aspects of the PSAT, SAT, and ACT and college essay writing are integrated into the curriculum and college admissions test preparation classes are offered on campus for all of these testing programs. In the fall of the 11th grade year, students are linked with a college counselor who provides personalized assistance with every facet of the college admissions process.
The college counseling program is firmly grounded in the belief that discovering good matches between students and post-secondary institutions is what the college admissions process is all about. This process is an exciting one, filled with opportunities for self-discovery. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about college counseling at Saint Andrew's. We look forward to working with you and welcome your questions about our office and program.
Meet the CGO 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.
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.
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.
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 since 2009. No stranger to Saint Andrew’s, Ellen and her husband Ed have a 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