Guidance and College Counseling

Contact Information

  • Kendra Ritchie , Co-Director of Guidance and Guidance/College Counselor

At A Glance: Class of 2017

56 graduating (anticipated) seniors
93% (52 of 56) plan to attend Post-Secondary Education
  • 59% (33 of 56) will attend 4 year College or University
  • 23% (13 of 56) will attend 2 year Community College
  • 7% (4 of 56) will enter the Workforce
  • 5% (3 of 56) will attend a Post Graduate year 
  • 4% (2 of 56) will join an Apprenticeship program 
  • 2% (1 of 56) will attend a Certificate program 

PSAT, SAT and ACT Preparation

Students are acquainted with the format for the PSAT/SAT I and SAT II tests during their junior year. Classroom experiences include discussion of the test taking skills and test procedures, “question a day” introduction to the content and question types of the tests, as well as timed practice with sample tests.

PSAT/SAT preparation courses are taught as after school offerings for interested students. These structured classes provide extensive practice in the verbal, mathematics and written sections of the tests.

Lee Academy is a test site for the SAT, ACT and TOEFL exams. Students of Lee Academy can take these tests without leaving the campus multiple times each year.

How do you know which courses to take?

At Lee Academy, a student’s program of study is individualized. Students meet with a member of the guidance department to gain an understanding of various course options. In conjunction with the staff member, the student develops a yearly course of study. Staff members are enthusiastic in encouraging students to enroll in courses that are challenging and interesting.

Each student has personal support at Lee Academy

Opportunities abound for students to make friends, develop trusting relationships and garner the personal support that allows them to more fully realize their potential. Peer counselors, advisors, faculty, and guidance staff know each student. Activities that help to establish relationships begin during orientation days every summer. At Lee Academy, the sense of family means that everyone knows everyone.

Career Guidance-Exploring the possibilities

Planning for the future means exploring the many paths that can lead there. The guidance staff at   Lee Academy provides information, mailings, seminars, career planning sessions, arrangements for students to talk with college recruiters and other activities and opportunities which allow students to “explore the possibilities”.

College Applications and Financial Aid

Guidance personnel provide an encouraging, informative process by which students explore college possibilities. College visits are encouraged and arranged. Help is available for writing college essays. Workshops are offered, to both senior students and their parents, on filing for financial aid (senior year) and to junior students and their parents on how to establish a college search and career planning process.

Lee Academy Endowed Scholarships to Graduating Seniors

We are very pleased to be able to offer $30,000.00 to $35,000.00 in scholarships to our graduating seniors each year. These monies, payable at the student’s second semester of their freshman postsecondary year, represent the interest generated through the investment of donations from alumni and friends of the school. One of the most pleasant times of the year occurs when the Scholarship Committee gathers in the spring to decide how to award the scholarships. Having the ability to give monetary aid to many hard working and aspiring young people is very gratifying and also a lot of fun.


If you are a Lee Academy graduate or if you simply attended LA and need a copy of your student transcript, please email Jessica Crocker at

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CEEB Code: 200545

26 Winn Rd., Lee, Maine 04455

207-738-2252 / 207-738-2025 (fax)

Overview of the College-Readiness Program (MELMAC)

Freshman Year:

  • Counselors meet with 8th graders and parents to discuss the transition to High School
  • 8th graders attend Step Up Day for a campus tour and introductions to teachers & programs
  • 9th graders attend New Student Orientation Day
  • 9th graders visit University of Maine Presque Isle for a campus tour
  • 9th graders take the PSAT 8/9
  • 9th graders meet with counselors to discuss career plans & course selection

Sophomore Year:

  • 10th graders take PSAT (practice for SAT) & the ASVAB (Career Interest Inventory)
  • 10th graders visit University of Maine at Machias for a campus tour
  • 10th graders tour Region 3 Technical School in Lincoln, Maine & learn about course offerings
  • 10th graders meet with counselors to discuss career plans & course selection

Junior Year:

  • 11th graders take the PSAT (practice for SAT) in October
  • 11th graders attend  multiple SAT Prep workshops
  • 11th graders attend Thomas College for a campus tour
  • 11th graders attend University of Maine for a campus tour & Hockey Game
  • 11th graders take the State-required SAT exam in April
  • 11th graders attend Lee Academy’s NEACAC College Fair
  • 11th graders attend the Portland Seadogs’ Annual College Fair & Game Event
  • International Juniors take TOEFL test (English Proficiency Exam)
  • Counselors meet with Juniors to discuss post-secondary plans & select courses

Senior Year:

  • 12th graders are assigned to a “College Counselor” who works closely with 15 to 20 students to: finalize a list college lists, visit colleges, complete applications, obtain recommendations, edit essays for applications & scholarships, complete FAFSA (Free Application for Student Financial Aid), and complete College Placement exams in required.
  • 12th grade International students are assigned to “College Counselors” with expertise in the college admission process for International students which requires additional supporting documents.
  • 12th graders write “College Essays” in their English classes
  • Parents & students attend “College Information Night” in September
  • Parents & students attend “Financial Aid Information Night” in October with state FAFSA experts
  • 12th graders attend UMaine’s NEACAC College Fair in September
  • 12th graders have option to sign up for small group trips to various Maine colleges and/ or a Lee Academy Boston College’s Bus Tour which visited Boston University, Northeastern, UMass Boston, and Emerson.
  • 12th graders, their parents, and counselors attend the Finance Authority of Maine’s “College Goal Sunday FAFSA event at Region 3 in Lincoln, Maine.
  • Senior Parents file the FAFSA after October 1
  • Seniors select the College they will attend by May 1 & are awarded with a T-Shirt from their selected post-secondary option, in front of the faculty and student body during the Senior Last Assembly.
  • Seniors & Parents are invited to attend a “Senior Celebration Reception” after Baccalaureate where they enjoy a dessert buffet, receive informational packets about transitioning to College, & have an opportunity to win 3 Laundry Baskets full of “College Stuff”.

Lee Academy Graduates Attend:

In the past 5 years, graduates and post-graduates were accepted at the following colleges and universities:

Albany State University

Arizona State University

Art Institute of Boston

Bates College

Barry University

Beal College

Bellarmine University

Berea College

Boston College

Boston University

Butler University

Caldwell University

California Baptist University

California State University

Case Western Reserve

Central Connecticut

Cleveland Institute of the Arts

Colby College

Colby Sawyer College

College of New Rochelle

College for Creative Studies

Drexel University

Eastern Maine Community College

Elmira College

Emory University

Elms College

Erie Junior College

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Fisher College

Fordham University

Franklin Pierce University

George Mason University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Husson University

Indiana University

Indiana State University

Institute of American Indian Arts

Iowa State University

Johnson& Wales University

LaSalle University Maine

College of Art Maine

Maritime Academy

Michigan Tech

Michigan State University

Medaille College

Mr. BernSchool of Hair Design

Newbury College

New England School of


New York School of Visual Arts

Northern Maine Community College

Northeastern University

Ohio State University

Oregon State University

Otis College of Art & Design

Pace University

Pensacola Christian College

Penn State Universi

Pepperdine University

Plymouth State University

Pratt Institute

Purdue University

Rivier College

San Jose University

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Reed College

Rhode Island School of Design

Roger Williams

San Jose State University

Santa Monica Community College

Siena College

Southern Maine Community College

Southern Methodist University

State University of New York

Stony Brook University

Syracuse University

St. Bonaventure University

St. Joseph’s College

St. Michael’s College

Temple University

Texas A & M

University of Alaska at Fairbanks

University of Arizona

University of Arkansas

University of the Arts

University of California at Berkeley

University of California at Irvine

University of California at Long Beach

University of California at Merced

University of California at Riverside

University of California at Santa Barbara

University o f Central Florida

University of Colorado

University of the Incarnate Word

University of Illinois

University of Indiana at Bloomington

University of Iowa

University of Kansas

University of Louisville

University of Maine at Augusta

University of Maine at Farmington

University of Maine at Fort Kent

University of Maine at Machias

University of Maine at Orono

U.of Maine at Presque Isle

University of Mass. at Amherst

University of Mass. at Boston

University of Michigan

University of NevadaReno

University of New England

University of New Hampshire

University of New York at Albany

University of New York at Binghamton

University of New York at Buffalo

University of NevadaLas Vegas

University of New England

University of the Pacific

University of Pittsburgh

University of Southern California

University of Southern Maine

University of the Sciences

University of Sydney

University of Toledo

University of Vermont

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin – Madison

University of Indiana

Washington State University

Washington County Community College

Waynesburg University

Wheelock College

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Western State College

Wisconsin University

Worcester Polytechnic Institute


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