College Advising

Questions? Contact Melanie Reed, Director of College Advising, at or 206-676-6805.

2017-2018 College Advising Faculty10-X2Dave Thomas, Stacie Cone, Melanie Reed, and Misa Kabashima


Welcome to Seattle Academy College Advising online. Please use the links below to connect to helpful materials. We invite you to email additional questions at any time.

College Advising at Seattle Academy is highly individualized and takes place via one-on-one meetings with dedicated college advisors in addition to the use of a personalized, web-based college counseling tool called Naviance. Juniors and seniors have access to this tool, which features its own links, analyses, college search tools, Seattle Academy-specific application data, and supporting documents. Before junior year, families are welcome to access a more basic version of Naviance using the link below and following the prompt to enter the guest password of “saas.”

Middle School families, Upper School families, and guests are welcome to investigate a sampling of Seattle Academy’s college advising resources below:

College Advising Packets
This information was emailed to families in the Friday Email on July 27, 2018.


If you are an admissions representative of a four-year not-for-profit college inquiring about visits for fall, please use Seattle Academy’s Sign-Up Genius to schedule your visit to campus.


Stacie Cone (12th Grade Coordinator/College Advising) B.A., Evergreen State College. Stacie’s professional experience includes social services case management with Puget Sound Residential Services, producing the literary arts festival Northwest Bookfest, and directing the Annual Fund at Lakeside School. At Seattle Academy, she works with students as a grade level coordinator, member of the college advising team, and leader of the annual New Orleans summer service trip.

Misa Kabashima (Associate Director of College Advising), B.A., Pitzer College. Misa has worked at the admission offices for both Occidental College, where she was a seasonal admission reader, and Harvey Mudd College where she started as an Admission Counselor and then became the Assistant Director of Admission. In addition, she was an English teaching assistant for the U.S. Department of State/Korean American Educational Commission. She also volunteered for the Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) and the International Association for College Admission Counseling (International ACAC).

Melanie Reed (Director of College Advising) B.A., University of Puget Sound; M.A., Middlebury College. Before her arrival at Seattle Academy, Melanie acted as Director of Freshman Admission at the University of Puget Sound. She brings twenty years of experience in admission and financing at the college level, presenting nationally, serving on boards, and visiting high schools and colleges around the world. She also brings a lifelong love of literature, visual art, art history, dance, film, and museum-going.

David Thomas (Associate Director of College Advising) B.A., Colgate University; M.Ed., University of South Carolina. David has worked on both sides of the college admission process. At the college level, he has served as Assistant Dean of Admissions and Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions for Wesleyan University and worked as an admission counselor for Marymount Manhattan College. On the high school side, he has worked as the Assistant Director of College Counseling for the Brownell-Talbot School in Omaha, NE, where he counseled students regarding college lists, resumes, and essays, wrote recommendation letters, and taught a college counseling course.