Junipero Serra High School

Tel: (650)345-8207
  • For 70 years, Junpero Serra High School has proudly served the young men of San Mateo County and beyond. "Once a Padre, always a Padre." The spirit behind this statement distinguishes Serra from all other high schools. Serra is a community of parents, teachers, staff members and alumni dedicated to providing the best high school experience possible for the young men of the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • An outstanding, all-boys Catholic College Preparatory located in the heart of the Peninsula, between San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
  • Our school is much more than an outstanding Catholic college preparatory school for young men.
  • It`s a place where classmates become brothers.  Teachers become mentors.
  • Ordinary moments become extraordinary experiences.  Each student is valued and knows that he belongs. Serra offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, which includes a rich diversity of classes and an extensive array of AP and Honors courses.
  • Our AP pass rate is 25 points above the national average at 82 percent, and 100 percent of our graduates go on to college.
  • Serra`s curriculum ensures that all of our graduates meet UC and CSU requirements.
  • In 2011, the doors opened to the state-of-the-art Center of the Arts and Sciences.
  • The new center features high-tech science labs, first-rate athletics facilities, professional fine arts studios, a modern music center with recording studios, a cutting-edge aquatics center, and an innovative Academic Resource Center. Serra welcomes families of all faiths.
  • Teachers help students to explore their talents and achieve success in a variety of places-academics, the arts, athletics, clubs and Christian service-all in the context of our core values of "faith, wisdom, service, community and leadership." Most important, Serra teachers model values that inspire our young Padres to become confident men who will make a difference in the world.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedGeneral Learning Differences
Year Founded1944

Student Body

Total Students880 students
Student Body TypeAll-boys
% Students of Color
State avg.: 43%
Students by GradeJunipero Serra High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers72 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio12:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size24 students
Number of AP Courses17 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese Language and Culture, AP Computer Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP French Language and Culture, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Statistics, AP United States Government and Politics, AP United States History,
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 4 / Jan. 8 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$20,675
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$8,000
Admissions DirectorCarl Dos Remedios '78
Admissions AssociateLinda Cuddy


Total Sports Offered15 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Diving, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CrewCross Country,
TennisTrack and Field,
VolleyballWater Polo,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.58 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Art Club, Badminton Club, Barbecue Club, Big Brothers, Block Club, Bowling Club, Broadcasting Club, California Scholarship Federation, Canyons & Canvas Club, Christian Yoga, Classic Games Club, Close-Up, Coastal Science & Engineering Club, Computer Programming Club, Creative Writing Club, Cross Training, Cycling Club, Democracy Now, El Padre Yearbook, Environmental Club, Fantasy Sports, French Club, Garage Band Club, Golf Club, Green Club, Habitat For Humanity, Hiking Club, Improv Club, Kiva Club, Math Club, Mock Trial, Multicultural Club, National Honor Society, Padres Brothers For Others, Performance Car Club, Ping Pong Club, Red Cross Club, Robatics, Rock Climbing Club, Rotary Interact Club, Serra Friar Newspaper, SERT Club, Ski & Snowboard Club, Spanish Club, Speech Club, Sports Information Club, Student Government, Trivia Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Yell Leaders

Arts and Music Programs:
Eleven Dollar Singers, Jazz Band, Mens' Chorus, Performing Arts Club, Praise Band, Symphonic Band, Tri Music Honors Society, Tri School Chorus

School Notes

Inspired by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and empowered by a faith that is living, conscious and active, Junpero Serra is a Catholic college preparatory dedicated to the holistic formation of our students.  Our community supports students in their journey towards becoming men of faith, wisdom, service, community and leadership.  We seek to develop the gifts and talents of each student in an environment of excellence and mutual respect.  Guided by our mission and emboldened by the belief that every student is created in the image and likeness of God, the Junpero Serra community is committed to develop men who embrace:

Students are called to reflect on their relationship with God and demonstrate growth in personal spirituality, by: 
  • Making healthy, moral, and ethical choices based on Gospel values
  • Understanding the Catholic faith and the role of the Church in the world
  • Recognizing the relationship between mind, body and spirit
  • Identifying and using their gifts for service to the world
Students are challenged to rigorous academic study in the pursuit of truth, by:
  • Developing critical thinking as a habit of mind
  • Exhibiting innovation, creativity and an appreciation of the arts
  • Communicating effectively through listening, speaking and writing
  • Using technology to enhance learning, productivity and creativity
  • Demonstrating core knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college and become life long learners
Students are called to use the wisdom of the Gospel to evaluate the values of contemporary culture and promote social justice, by:
  • Advocating for human dignity and a respect for life
  • Serving family, school and the larger community
  • Demonstrating care for the environment as stewards of God's creation
  • Identifying with those suffering from injustice and working towards change
Students are welcomed into the community of Serra that promotes a spirit of brotherhood, collaboration and integrity in human relationships, by:
  • Reflecting on life lessons through participation in the total Serra program, including academics, athletics, the arts, campus ministry and co-curricular activities
  • Demonstrating interpersonal skills for healthy social relationships
  • Resolving conflict through effective social skills
  • Recognizing our common humanity in the traditions, cultures and people of the world
Students are called to model courageous leadership based on Jesus' example of service, by:
  • Embracing an openness to change and a willingness to take risks
  • Demonstrating effective decision making and problem-solving
  • Using emotional and social skills to collaborate and build teamwork
  • Taking responsibility for their own actions and the welfare of others
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