Junipero Serra School

Junipero Serra School Photo #1 - Junipero Serra School, Carmel, CA
  • Junipero Serra School, located at the historic Carmel Mission (founded by St. Junipero Serra), is inclusive of students from all over the Carmel/Monterey/Salinas area. All JSS teachers are state-certified (or enrolled in a teacher program) and have earned bachelor degrees and higher.
  • Junipero Serra School is accredited through the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA) and recognized by the National Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS).

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDylslexia, Learning Differences
Year Founded1943

Student Body

Total Students141 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Junipero Serra School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers14 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size17 students

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$7,077
Tuition NotesPre-K: 6400 Kindergarten: 7077 First - Eighth: $6505
% on Financial Aid


Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBasketball, Bowling, Flag Football, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballBowling,
Flag FootballSoccer,
Track and FieldVolleyball,

School Notes

  • Junipero Serra School, located at the historic Carmel Mission (founded by St. Junipero Serra), is inclusive of students from all over the Carmel/Monterey/Salinas area.  All JSS teachers are state-certified (or enrolled in a teacher program) and have earned bachelor degrees and higher.  Grades preschool through 5 are self-contained with teachers exchanging classes when appropriate.  Grades 6, 7, and 8 are departmentalized with a teacher serving as both a homeroom teacher and subject specific teacher.The rigorous curriculum meets the California State Standards and is designed to provide the students with high engagement in all subjects, while inspiring them to seek academic success in high school and at the university level.   The JSS grade level expectations are based on the California K 12 Learning Standards issued by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Junipero Serra School takes pride in offering a challenging curriculum of instruction in all subject areas.  Curriculum subject areas include religion, English/language arts (reading, writing, spelling, speaking, listening), mathematics, social studies (history, geography, civics), science, fine arts (music, art), physical education, health, and computer studies.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Carmel
    Grades: NS-8 | 185 students
    4.9 miles
    8060 Carmel Valley Road
    Carmel, CA 93923
    4.9 NS-8
  • Monterey
    San Carlos School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: K-8 | 280 students
    4 miles
    450 Church St
    Monterey, CA 93940
    4 K-8
  • Salinas
    Sacred Heart School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: NS-8 | 339 students
    17.2 miles
    123 W Market St
    Salinas, CA 93901
    17.2 NS-8
  • Monterey
    Santa Catalina School
    Santa Catalina School Photo - The Marine Ecology Research Program on their summer trip to Hawaii.
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 9-12 | 246 students
    4.4 miles
    1500 Mark Thomas Dr.
    Monterey, CA 93940
    4.4 9-12
  • Pebble Beach
    Grades: PK-12 | 722 students
    3.2 miles
    3152 Forest Lake Road
    Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    3.2 PK-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
Our child has absolutely thrived at Junipero Serra-there are simply no words to describe the transformation we've seen in him. At JSS, everyone "knows your name," the school has a good balance between academics and downtime, and our son is learning drama and Spanish. All of this in one of the most historic and beautiful settings in California. The parent community is extremely dedicated and loyal to this little school community. It is truly a hidden gem.
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I am an alumni of the school and The Carmel Mission is as wonderful today as it was 28 years ago. Over half the teachers have been with the school for 20 plus years and it is the warmest feeling knowing the people teaching my kids. We have 2 that are attending and my third will start in another year. My oldest is in third grade and is learning the violin during music class. The school just expanded their science lab and all the kids are learning Spanish. When you are on this historic campus you can truly feel the wonderful family, community and commitment from all that attended. An extra bonus of information is that both the Pre-K teachers themselves went to JSS 34 years ago and teach at the school presently, which just echo`s how wonderful the school is that people never want to leave. I would highly recommend that any family looking for their kids to attended a safe, inspiring and delightful school need to look no further than Junipero Serra School. (Pre-K Thru 8th)
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I love this school so much, they have been our second home. Everyone is friendly and caring, my children thrives in this school because of the positive environment it offers. They are not only excellent academically but they have the best and well behave students I have ever encountered. Polite, respectful, intelligent and loving children they treat each other like family. It's a place like no other. We've been here since 2009 and we will stay until all my children graduate from this school.
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Junipero Serra School is an amazing school with a very prevalent "community" feel.
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