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.

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September News from the Counseling Department

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  • Mark Your Calendars

    • Wednesday, October 13, 8:25-12:30: PSAT for Sophomores and Juniors ONLY
    • Wednesday, November 3, 8:30 a.m: Sophomore Parent FAQ Coffee Session (virtual - link will be emailed out)
  • School Day SAT/PSAT Testing

    On Wednesday, October 13, sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT while those seniors who signed up during the summer will take the SAT. PSAT testing will begin promptly at 8:25 a.m. and all tests should be completed between 12:15 and 12:30 p.m. Students must wear their uniforms and bring a snack, some water, No. 2 pencils (non-mechanical) and a calculator. Please refer to the PSAT Informational letter that was sent out last week with specifics. If you have any questions, contact your child’s counselor.  The School Day SAT will begin at 7:30 a.m. and conclude around 1 p.m.
  • 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 the 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.
  • SAT & ACT Testing

    The 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. 
    The 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.
  • Transcripts

    Unofficial transcripts for personal use are available on NetClassroom.  If you are in need of an official copy of your transcript sent to a school or an outside organization, contact Ms. Escobedo in the counseling office.

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)

Counseling Assistant

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