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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  • Counseling Office Dates

    Regular counseling hours are closed for the summer. Should you have an urgent matter through July 23,  please contact the Summer School Counselor at  The Counseling offices will be closed for the summer July 26 - August 8.  Counselors will be available through email only beginning August 11.  
  • Naviance

    We encourage students to make use of the Naviance College Exploration System during summer. Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors should take every opportunity to acquaint themselves with the extensive Naviance resources that are available, including career exploration tools and college choice management tools. Naviance also offers FREE SAT and ACT practice for those who plan to take tests. Seniors should focus on researching schools, and narrowing down their choices to a reasonable list of colleges to which they will apply in the fall. Please email if you need help signing into your Naviance account.
  • Transcript Release Forms

    Rising seniors who have not yet submitted a transcript release form were emailed another copy of the form on Friday, July 9. Please fill out the form and email it back to or as soon as possible, as it was due in February. It is imperative that you submit your form ASAP so that your counselor can send your transcript to colleges, scholarship programs, or recruiters/coaches/NCAA. Without a signed form on file, your transcript cannot and will not be sent. 
  • 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 9th-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. This is an official, on-record SAT exam under strict security and testing guidelines. The cost is $60 (non-refundable), and space is extremely limited. Students must register no later than August 30. Please reference the email that was sent to you on Friday, July 9 for further details and the link to register. 
  • College Essay Support Opportunities

    We can't stress enough the importance of getting a head start on your college essays this summer. Fall will be busy (especially if you are a fall athlete or will be part of the theatre production), so please do your best to start writing your essays before school starts in August. If you need additional support, please consider the workshops below:
    • Common App Essay Workshop on Saturday, August 14, 9am-12pm (in-person - $75)
      More than 900 institutions in the US and internationally use the Common App as their primary admissions application. Chances are, at least one of the schools you apply to this fall will be on the Common App. You will walk away from this short course with a completed Common App Essay. For more info and to register, visit:
    • College Rep Essay Review & Feedback on Wednesday, August 18, 10am-12pm (virtual - FREE)
      This is a live, one-on-one 20-minute session with a college admissions representative who will read your Common App essay and provide you with real-time feedback. Participation in this event requires a completed Common App essay draft of approximately 650 words. No outlines, diagrams, or UC prompts. Open to all ND rising-seniors; space is limited, and registration is required:
    • UC PIQ Workshop on Saturday, August 21, 9am-12pm (in-person - $75)
      There are nine UC campuses for your consideration. If you apply to one or all nine, you will be required to answer four of the eight Personal Insight Questions (PIQs). Students can expect to walk away with four completed essays, ready to send with the UC application in November. For more info and to register, visit:
  • 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.

College Counselors

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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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