San Joaquin Memorial High School

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  • Fully accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA)
  • Teacher to student ratio is 1:12
  • Over half of the faculty and administration hold a Masters Degree or higher
  • SJMHS sends 99% of graduating students to college
  • 1-to-1 Pad Program: All students receive an iPad at the start of the school year
  • Superior University Counseling: Every student is placed with a Guidance Counselor for college readiness and applications
  • SJMHS graduation requirements are fully aligned with the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) entrance requirements
  • SJMHS international students have the unique opportunity to gain acceptance to California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) with the “SJMHS to Fresno State Direct Pathway Program.” International students who graduate from SJMHS after 3 or more years of study with a 3.0 GPA can receive acceptance to Fresno State without a standardized test score.

San Joaquin Memorial High School (SJMHS) is a private Catholic high school located in Fresno, California in the heart of San Joaquin Valley. With a population of 580 students, SJMHS offers college preparatory education for students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12. Both international and domestic students receive the same instruction together in all classes. Summer Programs are also available, offering students all-inclusive sessions of college-tours and sports programs.

SJMHS offers international students an amazing, full-service dormitory as well caring homestay families for housing options. Activities for international students include monthly day-trips to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Monterey, Malibu, Yosemite National Park as well weekly activity sessions to movie theaters, go-cart racing, malls and ice skating. SJMHS is proud to offer academic excellence and superior student services. SJMHS is a short 3-hour drive from San Francisco and 3.5-hour drive from Los Angeles.

SJMHS international students also have the unique opportunity to gain acceptance to California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) with the “SJMHS to Fresno State Direct Pathway Program.” Due to the strength of an SJMHS education, qualifying SJMHS international students may gain acceptance to a renowned California State University without submitting an additional standardize test score. Please be sure to visit for additional details.

  • Online Application
  • Transcripts
  • Courses in Progress for transfer students
  • Standardized Test Score
  • Skype Interview
  • Math and English Teacher Recommendation Forms
  • Immunization Records

Eligibility for Honors/AP courses is determined by standardized test scores, cumulative grade point average, and grades earned in pre-requisite courses.

Advanced Placement: There are currently seventeen AP courses offered at SJM; students are permitted to enroll in up to four AP courses per semester. Courses are a year in length unless otherwise noted.

SJMHS AP Courses

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science A
  • European History
  • English Language & Composition
  • English Literature & Composition
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Physics 1: Algebra-Based
  • Psychology
  • Research (beginning in 2019-2020)
  • Seminar (beginning in 2018-2019)
  • Spanish Language & Culture
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art: 2D Design
  • United States Government & Politics
  • United States History

SJMHS Honors Courses

  • English 9HP
  • English 10HP
  • Biology HP
  • Chemistry HP**
  • Algebra 2HP
  • Geometry HP
  • Trigonometry/Calculus HP**

San Joaquin Memorial has an excellent athletic program and the school competes in the County/Metro Athletic Conference of the CIF Central Section.

Fall Sports

  • Boys/Girls Water Polo
  • Boys/Girls Cross Country
  • Football
  • Girls Golf
  • Girls Tennis
  • Girls Volleyball
  • Pep/Cheer (year-round)

Winter Sports

  • Boys/Girls Basketball
  • Boys/Girls Soccer

Spring Sports

  • Baseball
  • Boys Golf
  • Boys Rugby
  • Boys Tennis
  • Boys Volleyball
  • Track and Field
  • Swimming
  • Girls Lacrosse
  • Softball

San Joaquin Memorial’s students are active in many clubs, organizations, and fine arts programs emphasizing creativity, leadership, scholarship and service.

Fine Arts

  • Choir
  • Jazz Band
  • Drumline
  • Pep Band
  • Theater Arts

Clubs – 22 in total, including:

  • Academic Decathlon
  • Aerospace
  • California Scholarship Federation
  • Debate
  • International Cultures
  • National Honors Society
  • Robotics

School Details

Year Established: 1945
School Type: Private, Co-ed, Catholic
Grades: 9-12
Grades For International Students: 9-12
High School Enrollment: 580
AP / Dual Credit Courses: 17 AP
Teacher to Student Ratio: 1:12