Annapolis’ College Advising Program focuses on building relationships with our students to help them and their families discern the wisest choices to make regarding life after high school. 96% of our alumni have continued their educations at two or four year colleges or universities, and 4% of alumni have entered military service immediately after high school.
- Grade 9: Freshman learn how to build a strong GPA, what details to record about their extracurricular activities, why elective choices are important, and when they should take college admissions tests.
- Grade 10: Sophomores receive guidance in applying to academic camps and internships, practice taking standardized tests, and lists of colleges to research or visit based on their personal interests.
- Grade 11: Juniors take Annapolis’ signature College Preparedness class in which they practice college admissions testing, create a portfolio of college application essays, and research colleges of interest to them.
- Grade 12: Seniors work one-on-one with guidance staff to submit college and scholarship applications, review financial aid offers, and decide what to do following graduation.
- Graduates: Alumni request transcripts and records from the guidance office, receive information about scholarship opportunities, and return to Annapolis to tutor and mentor current students.
About Our Guidance Counselor
JoAnne Bielecki was born and raised in New Britain, CT and attended the University of Connecticut. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Hospital and obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University in 2004. Since then, JoAnne has worked as a caseworker for ten years and as a school psychologist for an additional two prior to working at Annapolis. JoAnne is married to Major Michael Murphy and together they have two daughters, Elliot and Annabel who also attend Annapolis. JoAnne loves working at Annapolis and is strongly committed to the overall well-being and support of children and adolescents and finds great reward in encouraging students to aspire greatly, to choose colleges wisely, and to help them reach their God given potential.