College and School Counseling Department Update for Fall 2022

Who is my counselor? Counselors are assigned alphabetically by last name.

Seniors (Class of 2023)

A – F → Ms. Debbie Arceo

G – N → Mrs. Kylie Gomez

O – Z → Mrs. Lisa Cameron

Juniors & Sophomores (Class of 2025 & Class of 2024)

A – G → Ms. Debbie Arceo

H – R → Mrs. Kylie Gomez

S – Z → Mrs. Lisa Cameron

Freshmen (Class of 2026)

A – G → Ms. Debbie Arceo

H – Q → Mrs. Kylie Gomez

R – Z → Mrs. Lisa Cameron

Contacting Your Counselor

The counseling office is now located in room 44.

Students and parents can make an appointment by using their counselor’s Calendly. 

Debbie Arceo’s Calendly 

Kylie Gomez’s Calendly 

Lisa Cameron’s Calendly 

Counselor emails and phone numbers:

Ms. Debbie Arceo - [email protected] - (559) 268-9251 ext. 141

Mrs. Kylie Gomez - [email protected] - (559) 268-9251 ext. 140

Mrs. Lisa Cameron - [email protected] - (559) 268-9251 ext. 142

2022-2023 Parent Nights – Save the Date!

Please plan on joining SJM Counselors for an informational college planning meeting. Meetings will be held in-person, on the SJM campus from 6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. on the following nights:

Freshman Parent Meeting – Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Sophomore Parent Meeting – November 9, 2022

Junior Parent Meeting – January 18, 2023

Senior Parent Meeting – October 5, 2022

All-School Test Day – October 12, 2022

What is it? A day dedicated to college admissions test practice.

• PSAT/NMSQT (Practice SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) for 11th grade

• PreACT (Practice ACT) – for 9th & 10th grade.

When: October 12, 2022 - 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Where: San Joaquin Memorial High School

All 9th–11th graders are scheduled to take these practice college admissions tests. This is the only day they will be offered (no make-up available).

Seniors will have the day off to tour colleges and work on college applications.

SAT/ACT Update for the Class of 2023

For the Class of 2023, most colleges are test blind or test optional. Test blind means that test scores are not considered in the admission process. Test optional means that a student can apply without a test score, but if a student submits a score, it will be considered.

Some colleges (particularly out of state and highly selective universities) do require an SAT or ACT. Students should review each college’s admission website for testing requirements.

SAT Test Dates for the Class of 2023 – Oct. 1, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3

Register online at:

ACT Test Dates for the Class of 2023 – Oct. 22 and Dec. 10

Register online at:

SAT/ACT Test Prep

San Joaquin Memorial offers free test prep through Contact your counselor for assistance logging in. has free test prep online for PSAT, SAT, & AP exams.

ACT Student has free test prep for the ACT.

What Should College-Bound Seniors be Doing Now?

Join the “Counseling – Senior 2023” Google Classroom (join code: rrdl2u7).

Meet with their counselor - use Calendly to book an appointment. 

Log into Naviance and update “Colleges I’m Applying To” list.

Sign up for college visits in Naviance and participate in college tours (virtual/in-person).

Begin college applications (see links to applications in Naviance).

Search for scholarships (see “Paying for College” and Scholarship Search in Naviance).

Financial Aid for College

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens October 1st for the class of 2023. Senior parents are strongly encouraged to complete the FAFSA as early as possible to ensure full consideration for merit and need-based financial aid. See the website at:

Which colleges are scheduled to visit SJM and who can attend?

As of Sept. 1st, the schools listed below are scheduled to be on campus to meet SJM students. Naviance will be updated regularly; see the “What’s New” section on a senior’s Naviance homepage.

Students are reminded that the presenters are often the same admissions officers who will read SJM applications. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about what a college offers and to make a great first impression! College visits are for seniors only, unless otherwise noted below.

September 2022

13 – United States Air Force Academy (open to all grade levels)

14 – University of San Francisco

14 – Saint Mary’s College of California

19 – University of Southern California

October 2022

5 - University of the Pacific 

Seniors can sign up for these visits in Naviance. Others must see their counselor to register.

Local College Fairs

Fresno Area College Night All families are welcome to attend the Fresno Area College Night sponsored by the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools. 

Preregistration is required. See flyer here for more information and QR code to register. 

• Wednesday, September 14

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

 Fresno Convention Center Exhibit Hall

Christian College Fair 

Free and open to the public. Registration required. Link here to create an account and register.

• Tuesday, October 4, 2022

• 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

•  People's Church Gym, 7280 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno, CA 93720

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