Welcome to NDHS Counseling

The Notre Dame High School Counseling Department is part of a community based on Holy Cross values of achievement, service, and respect.

Our mission is to develop self-awareness, critical thinking and responsibility, as well as to encourage continued growth in these areas throughout life. We believe that this mission is a partnership between students, parents, counselors, teachers, and administrators, and results in helping students reach their individual potential in academics, service and the social areas of their lives.

News from the Counseling Office

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  • Counselor Appointments

    The Counseling Office is only taking appointments with students at this time. Students can book appointments with their counselors through Calendly.
  • Transcripts

    Seniors, transcripts will be sent automatically through Naviance by your counselor. Any colleges you are applying to must be included in your "Colleges I'm Applying To" list on Naviance in order to have your transcript sent. All students, if you are in need of a copy of your transcript for scholarship programs, recruiters, coaches, NCAA, etc., you may access your unofficial transcript on NetClassroom.
  • School Day SAT October 13, 2021

    We will be offering an on-campus, school-day SAT exam on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 for Notre Dame seniors only. This is the same day as the PSAT exam for 10th-11th grade students - classes will not be held or missed for any students. Seniors wishing to test must report to campus no later than 7:30 a.m., and will not under any circumstances be dismissed early for practice, games, carpools, etc. 

    Registration is now closed for this exam.
  • Application Support

    Many college application deadlines can be as early as November and December, with some also due in January or later. In August, we will resume with the remaining logistical and systematic next steps before you start to apply to schools. You do NOT need to do any of them now. We will show you how to do them properly in order to avoid common mistakes that can not be undone, so please stay tuned. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Creating and syncing Common App
    • Adding requests into Naviance for letters of recommendations (as well as teacher questionnaires)
    • Transcript requests
    • Finalizing your college list
  • Virtual College Tours

    While some college campuses may still be closed, they are trying to keep prospective students engaged by bringing their campuses to you with virtual tours, live chats, and informational sessions. Be sure to visit college websites and contact college admission offices directly for the most up-to-date information regarding visit options in person or virtually. In addition to Naviance and the colleges’ website, YouVisit or CampusReel are two excellent sites for virtual exploration. 
  • SAT/ACT Testing

    College Board has announced significant changes in the CollegeBoard testing programs: SAT Subjects tests and the SAT Optional Essay section are now both permanently discontinued. 
    The Counseling Office is staying vigilant and monitoring changes to the testing landscape. Many universities continue to announce Test Optional or Test Blind policies for the next year and beyond, which is now nearly 1,600 colleges nationwide including UCs and Cal State Universities. It is important to note: while admission offices may inform these policies, test scores may still be an aspect of admission for selective universities, selective majors, or selective scholarships. 
    College Board (SAT) and ACT have opened registration for the 2021-2022 academic year. Be advised that these dates fill up quickly and might be canceled/rescheduled if testing conditions are deemed unsafe by the test site administrators. If your student can take any of these exams, please expect that they may only have the chance to take either test once, especially summer test dates where sites are limited. Below are the current schedules for national SAT & ACT test dates. Please visit and directly to register and for up-to-date information regarding day-of testing.

Academic Counselors

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  • Mrs. Martine Abdaem

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

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

    Freshman Counselor (De-L)
    Sophomore Counselor (D-Ki)
    Junior Counselor (H-Mc)
    (818) 933-3644
    Full Bio
  • Mrs. Jessica Lopez

    Freshman Counselor (M-R)
    Sophomore Counselor (Ko-O)
    Junior Counselor (Me-Sc)
    (818) 933-3695
    Full Bio
  • Dr. Kelly Jackson

    Freshman Counselor (S-T)

College Counselors

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Counseling Assistant

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