Our mission is to serve our students and promote academic achievement, career development, and personal and social growth. Our faculty is dedicated to each student and works collaboratively with parents, teachers, staff and administration to provide a positive school atmosphere. Our restructured guidance program allows students and parents to develop a relationship with the counselor starting their freshman year. 


Students are welcome to stop by the Counseling office without an appointment before school, break, lunch and after school with any questions they may have.

(Do not come during class time as we do not want you to miss instructional time)


Parents can call to set up an appointment to meet with a counselor. Counselors are also readily accessible via email and phone.

Nicholas Hanson


(949) 546-0637 Ext. 272


The Counseling Department hosts a College Info night during the First Quarter of each year. The topics include advice and tips on how to prepare for college.This is also an ample opportunity to ask questions for the counselor and receive updates and resources. All current St. Michael's Prep parents/guardians are welcome to attend. 

Sunday, September 16 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM

Notice To STM Parents & Students: Advanced Placement (AP) Courses & Exams

What are AP courses and which students are eligible to enroll in them?


AP courses are college-level classes taught in high school and developed by the College Board. AP courses provide opportunities for students to challenge themselves academically and demonstrate rigor to colleges for future college admissions purposes.  Freshman enrollment in AP courses is based on scores on the Entrance Exam and review of junior high grades.  For students in grades 10-12, students may take AP courses if they meet the course pre-requisites set by the school faculty member or through permission of the headmaster. 


What are AP Exams and who can take them?


When a student is enrolled in AP course, they have the option to register and pay for the AP exam for that class. AP Exams take place in May and the schedule is dictated by College Board guidelines.  Passing AP Exam scores may earn students college credit while in high school.  AP Exams are scored from a 1 to a 5; some colleges award credit for scores of 3 or higher and other colleges require a score of 4 or higher.  Students may inquire with colleges they are interested in on their AP Exam score policy.



When do students register and pay for AP Exams?


AP Exam registration at St. Michael's takes place in late January.  All students enrolled in AP courses will be automatically registered for the corresponding AP Exam. Students not enrolled in AP classes but wishing to take AP Exams must receive permission from the headmaster. AP Exams will cost approximately $99.00 each which includes the registration fee; late registration will cost more.

For more information on AP Courses and Exams Visit


Letters of Recommendation for Summer Programs and Scholarships

The College Counselor and the entire St. Michael's Prep Faculty are more than happy to support students applying to summer programs or scholarships that require a letter of recommendation and/or completion of a counselor recommendation form.  In order to advocate for our students and have time to complete the form and/or letter by the deadline, please do the following:


1. Students need to give at least 3 weeks before the application deadline to request the recommendation.


2. Provide a resume of high school achievements and activities. 


3. Discuss with your counselor how the form and/or letter is submitted (i.e., e-mail, mail, upload to site, etc.)


4. Letters of recommendation are confidential.  As counselors we will advocate on your behalf and do our very best to help you get accepted to the program or receive the scholarship.

Department of Education - College ScoreCard


To further empower students and families, today we released our first annual update of the redesigned College Scorecard, a college search tool that President Obama launched in September 2015 and that nearly 1.5 million users across the nation have accessed since. With over 4,000 institutions available for students and families to search, the College Scorecard provides answers to critical questions about each institution, like how likely students are to complete their degrees, how much debt students take out, and how much the students typically earn after attending. And the interactive website provides users with the ability to search by program, degree type, location, or by name of institution. 

All of this information is available at https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/.