As a unique, independent academy, Pinkerton Academy's mission is to strive to ensure the growth of all students in a challenging, respectful, and collaborative environment. The Academy fosters a student-centered community with purposefully designed, interactive and relevant learning opportunities.


Clare Smith, Assistant Director, Team Mercury, 

John Chappell, Team Gemini/ Mercury, 

Kaitlin Burkhardt, Team Orion, 

Geeta Prabhakar, Team Apollo/ Orion, 

Lisa Rezaee, Admin Assistant, 


Freshman Counseling Program

What do Freshman Counselors Offer Students?

Pinkerton Academy has committed four freshman counselors to work with freshman students to support transition to high school. We realize that freshman year is very significant in setting the stage for building success throughout the high school experience. As School Counselors, we focus on the three domains of Academic/Social, College/Career, and Social/Emotional development. Our aim is to be available for all students as we present interventions, strategies, and tools in a strength-based proactive approach. 

Presentations: We offer several presentations to students and their families: Welcome to High School - (August) - a presentation on the first evening of school; Launching YOU! (September) - a presentation highlighting how to make a successful transition to high school (attached below); Take Off! (November) - an evening presentation for freshmen and their families, introducing College and Career planning as well as strategies for best success (attached below); Road Trip (January) - a presentation to freshmen about course selection and 5-year planning, followed up by 2 days in seminar completing plans and working on course selection; Information Night (January) - a presentation to incoming 8th graders. 

Collaboration: Freshman counselors work closely with the Professional Learning Communities, both teachers and administrators, promoting collaboration that supports students. 

Transition to High School and to Upper School Counselors: Freshman counselors also work closely with sending middle schools to strengthen the process of transition from middle school to high school. We meet with middle school teachers to discuss updates and changes to the curriculum so that they are aware when making best course selections and suggestions for students. We collaborate with middle school counselors and go to the sending middle schools to meet with all incoming students and review their course selections with them.

After the freshman year, students will be assigned a counselor who will work with them sophomore through senior year. As part of a cohesive School Counseling Department, we also work closely with sophomore through senior Pinkerton School Counselors supporting freshmen in their transition to upper class status. 


 Welcome Class of 2020!


Course Selection:


Course Selection Guide 2017-18





Launching YOU! Presentation - Presentation to all Freshmen for initial high school transition, September 7, 2016


Take Off Presentation  -  Presentation to Freshmen and Families to introduce College and Career Planning and School Success, November 3, 2016


More Good Stuff:

5-Year Planner

Tips for Student Success

Top Ten Parent Tips