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San Joaquin Memorial High School

Private | 9-12 | 566 students

School is best known for academics and athletics.

 

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Posted April 29, 2014

The parties are awesome! The girls are smart and rich! Defiantely a good school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2013

This is by far one of the biggest mistakes our family has ever made. This school is a hot bed for bullying. Many of the kids have horrible attitudes. It does not help that most of the administration is rude. The principal is by far one of the most pompous men that I have ever encountered. Well they say there academics are top notch they are pretty much the same as the classes offered at top fresno & clovis schools. This school is not worth the tuition at all.


Posted March 21, 2013

SJM is well below average in a number of respects. First, teacher quality. The school has very little money to hire, train and retain quality teachers. Those who excel often leave for higher paying public school jobs. As a result expectations and policies around teaching quality are low and rarely enforced. Second, academic focus. While SJM likely makes one believe that its SAT scores and academics are top notch, they are no better than COMPARABLE public schools in Fresno. The school often touts its religion emphasis which makes sense as a Catholic institution. But this is not an excuse for mediocre academics. High school students need moral development but they also need teachers who can teach and teachers who believe their students can achieve at high levels. Low expectations limit the school's potential on a number of fronts. Finally, cronyism. If you are not plugged into the "elite", also known as a rich family who donates lots of money, then you won'e be taken care of as well. Simply put, the school needs money so they solicit wealthy parents and in return SJM takes "special care" of their students. It's not equitable and probably not Catholic...


Posted January 1, 2010

SJM provides an excellent learning environment. The teachers whom I've met are engaged and enthusiastic. The school size is particularly appealing, and the academics are rigorous. Students have ample opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities. Athletics are top notch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2007

I am a recent graduate from SJM and I whole-heartedly believe that the school has given me the tools to live a better life. There is room for improvement in certain academic areas of the school (particularly the mathematics and foreign language dept.), but with the resources available-- SJM provides a top-rate education that actually prepares a student for the next step: college. The school is not without its 'bad eggs' of kids who do stupid things, but no school is immaculate. Faculty and students are bonded together in a community of trust. The Catholicity of the school is shown in its policies; the absence of a zero-tolerance policy displays understanding and mercy as circumstances should alter consequences. One of the most central aspects of the school is the expectation that each student will further their education beyond SJM. I thank my parents for making the sacrifice of tuition money.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 9, 2007

This is my 2nd year as a parent of an SJM student. The academic quality is first class as well as the sports and extracurricular activities. Facilities are worn but serviceable (please build a new GYM). All in all it beats public school by a mile and well worth the tuition! Character does count at this school, and I believe they do punish bad behavior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2006

I feel this school is worth every penny. What a disappoinment to the parents of the children who did not benefit from this wonderful school. I have seen so much school spirit and the teachers and administration are top notch. I am glad my children are attending this school the public schools in this valley are such a disappointment when it comes to academics. I love the fact my kids are getting the religious benefit andI am proud of this catholic school. Keep up the good work sjm!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2006

Ditto to the previous parent review. If you want good character education, go to a Character Counts school like Clovis West - and for a better price (free). No concept of accountability or good stewardship apparent in administration. Lacks good example from the top. Gives Catholic schools a bad name.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2006

The quality of this school started deteriorating when the Christian Brothers left. Before you send your child to this school, you should determine whether the marginal benefit of a Memorial education (in terms of such things as academic excellence, spiritual growth, and college placement) outweigh the marginal cost of attendance (compared to tuition-free public schools). Although the answer might have been positive for many students, the answer would have been negative in the case of my children who graduated from this school. The funds I allocated for tuition could have been a better investment had I sent them to public schools and after-school enrichment programs. The marginal benefit is definitely not in the student discipline area as you would expect in a Christian environment; in the absence of a 'zero tolerance policy,' I've encountered more negative incidents at this school than what I've read about in similarly-sized public high schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2006

What has happened to SJM? The tradition is gone. The school spirit is non existant. The one and only reason that I send my child to SJM is because of likeminded parents that value what I value. I am disappointed that the only Catholic high school in the valley can't seem to get it together. I am hoping that the current WASC survey will be a wakeup call to the administration and school board.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2004

I am a graduate of San Joaquin Memorial High School, class of 1992. It is the best high school for student safety, and education in Fresno County. I just wish SJM was allowed compete in the Academic Decacthalon. SJM would really clean up the public schools in the area.
—Submitted by a former student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 51% 26%
Hispanic 32% 52%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Black 3% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Public Middle Schools
Catholic Elementary Schools
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 19% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 80% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Private Catholic Colleges
UC System
CSU System
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Security personnel
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Italian
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Korean
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Edward Borges
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Korean
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • Transportation for outlying ar
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Academic Decathlon
  • Art club
  • CSF
  • Chess club
  • Drama club
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Literary magazine
  • S Club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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What are your chances?


8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
150
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
195
Students typically come from these schools
Public Middle Schools
Catholic Elementary Schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$8000 - $9000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Private Catholic Colleges
UC System
CSU System
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 19%
4 year college - 80%
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1406 North Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93703
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Phone: (559) 268-9251

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