Counseling

The mission of the Counseling Department at Riordan is to assist students in maximizing their personal, spiritual, and intellectual growth. 

It is the goal of the Counseling Department to support students where they are at and encourage them to challenge themselves both in and outside of the classroom. The Counseling Department is staffed with experienced counselors for each division that are committed to the success of students. Additionally, a Head of College Counseling provides support to upper division students and families through the college search and application process, and a part-time Counseling Intern works with students who need more support.

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Services Offered

Personal Counseling (upon request or as needed)

  • Individual counseling to address problems of a personal or specific nature
  • Drop-in hours before school, at munch, lunch and after school
  • Parent conferences and referral resources
  • Specialized support groups as needed
  • Information for students on topics related to mental health
  • Crisis intervention counseling
  • Resources for parents with questions about adolescent development issues

Make an Appointment with a Counselor

  • Schedule a meeting with your college counselor on SCOIR. Learn how here.

 

General Academic Counseling

  • Graduation requirements
  • Additional opportunities outside the school day
  • Resources for tutoring services in the community
  • Standardized testing on National Testing Day
  • Collaboration with certified counselors to provided educational assessments when needed

College/Career Counseling

  • Research strategies for college requirements and programs
  • A-G requirements
  • College, university, and trade/technical school visits
  • Scholarships and financial aid
  • College Application workshops
  • SCOIR Online System
  • Visit our College Counseling website here

Parent Counseling Night Resources

Meet Our Counseling Team

Each class is assigned two counselors: a Class Counselor and a Wellness/Support Counselor. Our Class Counselors stay with one class of students throughout their four years at Riordan. A Wellness/Support Counselor is assigned to each grade level and supports them throughout their time at Riordan.  Our Wellness/Support Counselors Beginning the second semester of junior year, a College Counselor joins the team in supporting the student and family through the college and post secondary planning process. 

This rotational system allows counselors to develop strong relationships with their students, helping them navigate the academic, social, and personal challenges of high school

Melanie Aguas

Melanie Aguas

Titles: Director of Counseling, Class of 2028 Counselor
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Phone Numbers:
School: 415-586-8200 ext. 502
David Canales

David Canales

Titles: Class of 2026 Counselor
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Pia Crosby

Pia Crosby

Titles: Wellness & Support Counselor for Class of 2024 and Class of 2025
Jackie Grealish

Jackie Grealish

Titles: Social Science Instructor, Counseling Associate, AP Testing Coordinator
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Melissa Hansell

Melissa Hansell

Titles: Wellness & Support Counselor for Class of 2026 and Class of 2027
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Jerilynn Kenny

Jerilynn Kenny

Titles: Frosh Wellness Instructor, Yoga Instructor
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David Lin

David Lin

Class of 1999
Titles: College Counselor, Director of Boarding Program
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Phone Numbers:
School: 415-586-8200 ext. 504
Vanessa Martinez

Vanessa Martinez

Titles: Class of 2025 Counselor
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Phone Numbers:
School: 415-586-8200 ext. 224
Melissa Nagar

Melissa Nagar

Titles: Director of College Counseling, House of Pilar Provincial
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Phone Numbers:
School: 415-586-8200 ext. 241
Vanessa Vincent

Vanessa Vincent

Titles: Class of 2027 Counselor
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Phone Numbers:
School: 415-586-8200 ext. 225