Academic Counseling

Welcome to Academic Counseling

Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are assigned an academic counselor who follows the student from the fall of their freshman year throughout their junior year and guides them in course selection, encourages participation in extracurricular opportunities, and leads them in self-exploration of strengths and weaknesses, talents, and interests so that students can begin researching colleges and universities that might be good fits. The academic counselors lay the foundation for students to begin the more active stage of college admissions which will occur in late junior year and early senior year.

Click through the links below to learn more.

News from the Counseling Office

Attention Juniors

Your counselors are excited to be partnering with the College Essay Guy, Ethan Sawyer, to offer you a FREE virtual college essay workshop series.  In case you have not heard of Ethan Sawyer, here is a little info:
  • Ethan wrote the current bestselling book on the personal statement, College Essay Essentials
  • He’s well-regarded in the college admissions field and is considered one of the go-to resources on college essays
  • His website has hundreds of free resources for applying to college
For our juniors this summer and early fall, he is offering interactive online lessons that will guide you through exercises and skills to find your best topics for the Common Application Personal Statement, the UC Personal Insight Questions, and the College Supplemental Essays. This Syllabus maps out what Ethan will cover during the one-week Personal Statement Boot Camp in May. After registering, you will receive more information as we draw closer to each event.
If you are interested in signing up for this free course, please complete this form no later than Friday, May 14:

Academic Counselors

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  • Martine Abdaem

    Director of Counseling
    Freshman Counselor (P-Z)
    Sophomore Counselor (Se-Z)
    Junior Counselor (R-Z)
    (818) 933-3643
    Full Bio
  • Steve Mejia

    Freshman Counselor (A-C)
    Sophomore Counselor (A-G)
    Junior Counselor (A-C)
    (818) 933-3647
    Full Bio
  • Bill Kearns

    Freshman Counselor (D-Ki)
    Sophomore Counselor (H-Mc)
    Junior Counselor (D-K)
    (818) 933-3644
    Full Bio
  • Jessica Lopez

    Freshman Counselor (Ko-O)
    Sophomore Counselor (Me-Sc)
    Junior Counselor (L-Q)
    (818) 933-3695
    Full Bio
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