Minnehaha Academy

Admission Office: 612-728-7722

Upper School Counseling Office

In alignment with our Core Values, Minnehaha Academy graduates . . . 

  • Pursue an authentic, purposeful, lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ. (Distinctively Christian)
  • Become wonder-filled, lifelong learners who seek understanding of all creation. (Exceptional Academics)
  • Respond respectfully to diverse perspectives and demonstrate their concern for others through acts of service. (Caring Community)
  • Develop an awareness of their God-given gifts and cultivate them in a loving community in order to love God and others. (Cultivating Potential)
  • Connect their learning to God’s truth and desire to continue their faith journey.  (Integration of Faith and Learning)

Minnehaha Academy Upper School College and Guidance Department Mission

Minnehaha Academy’s Upper School College and Guidance Department provides students with a comprehensive college and guidance program aimed at encouraging students’ academic readiness, college and career preparedness, as well as social-emotional and spiritual well being. Through a whole-child focus on each student, our goal is to create a learning environment where all types of students are welcome and successful. The counselors assist students as they navigate through the college admissions process by developing their God-given potential and by encouraging students to attend institutions aligned with their academic and career goals. We challenge students to think beyond themselves to become servant leaders, making an impact at Minnehaha Academy and beyond.

Academic Support

We strive to teach students self-advocacy, giving them tools to ask for what they need in order to be more successful as they navigate the school’s college preparatory curriculum. We collaborate with faculty to find students’ strengths and help them engage in their schoolwork in order to maximize their gifts and talents.

College and Career Readiness

We walk alongside students to assist in planning course loads that are appropriately challenging to help students achieve their postsecondary goals, while also encouraging them to maintain a healthy life balance. Our department thoughtfully utilizes a wraparound model of counseling, getting to know our students beginning in 9th grade, helping them make informed decisions about their future plans.

Social-Emotional Care

We recognize that students’ experiences are more than just academics, and that their well-being has an impact on their overall school success. Our department delivers dynamic programming that addresses the ever-evolving needs of the student body and supports students at all times throughout their time at the Upper School

Hebrews 6:10 – He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.


Counseling Office
Phone: (612) 729-8321
Fax: (612) 728-7741

College and Guidance Counseling Staff

Michael DiNardo, Ed.D., Vice Principal & Director of Counseling, [email protected], ext. 1236

Kristin Overton, M.S., College and Guidance Counselor (A-K), [email protected], ext. 1701

Christine Paton, College & Guidance Counselor (L-Z) [email protected], ext. 1228

Wanda Monroe, M.S., Non-Public School Counselor, [email protected]

Diane Rahm, Registrar and Counseling Office Assistant, [email protected], ext. 1224