St. Junipero Serra Catholic School

St. Junipero Serra Catholic School is valued as a leading Diocesan Catholic Parish Elementary School located in South Orange County.
Motivated by the teaching of Saint Junipero Serra and the persevering spirit of our founding families, we nurture our students to live and model their Catholic faith as servant leaders of Christ.
Guided by the Holy Spirit, St. Serra students are encouraged to use their God-given gifts and talents to serve the challenges of this ever-changing world.

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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 Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedVarious types of Learning Differences are supported. Please call for more information.
Year Founded1995
Summer School OfferedYes
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2008

Student Body

Total Students1,067 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade St. Junipero Serra Catholic School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers66 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio16:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size23 students
Number of AP Courses16 courses

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$12,090
Tuition NotesPreschool - $3860- $7670 (3 & 4-year old programs)
Admissions DirectorShirley Merchant
Admissions AssociateGina Maricondo Department Asst


Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsBasketball, Cheering, Flag Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCheering,
Flag FootballLacrosse,
SoccerTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.18 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Academic Decathlon, Campus Ministry, Etiquette Factory, Extended Care Program, Homework Club, Mock Trial, Rocket Club, Student Council, Video Production ( SerraVision )

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Classes, Choir and Handbells, Dance Classes, Junior Thespian Troupe, Musical Theatre, Piano Lessons

Recreational Athletic Programs:
4th Grade Street Hockey, Golf Squad, Super Soccer Stars

School Notes

  • Welcome to St. Junipero Serra Catholic School! Families are encouraged to discover the unique community that awaits your family at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School. Our school is a faith-filled community that provides a variety of learning opportunities for your student. Our early childhood education program (Preschool- 2nd grade) allows students to learn the skills needed to acclimate socially and to build a strong foundation in faith and academic growth. Grades 3-8 will continue to build upon those skills and encourage critical thinking skills, along with our goal to establish children who are charitable and exhibit leadership qualities.
  • St. Junipero Serra Catholic School is an innovative school that uses the classroom environment and technology to meet the needs of your student's future. We welcome you to discover this unique experience by exploring our website and continue with your quest to find a school that will fit your family's needs.
  • Applying to St. Junipero Serra Catholic School is simple and our Admissions staff will be happy to assist you with any additional questions. We look forward to meeting your family in the near future!
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
We are blessed to have 2 children attend SJSCS. The school offers a safe environment and excellent education. We are impressed with the faculty, staff, and administration. I would say one of the many things I am thankful for is their excellent communication with parents. We receive weekly emails and updates from behavior reports to grades and assignments. Their efficiency with communication is in part thanks to their great understanding of technology and the best ways to have the students utilize it. I can't say enough good things about the education my children receive at this school!
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My son has been at St Serra since 1st grade and currently is a 5th grader. We absolutely LOVE Serra and wish he had been there for Kindergarten as well. Every teacher has been outstanding and it just keeps getting better and better every year. Special shout outs to Mr. Inducil, Mr. Nuttal, Mrs. Husli, Mrs King, Mrs Salazar, Mrs. Fleming, Ms. Armenta, Mrs Sifers, and save the best for last, Mrs. Christman who is so incredibly attentive to her students' individual needs, is extremely detailed and knows exactly how to teach the kids at their level so they understand, is always so patient and encouraging and never gives up on them, keeps parents informed, as all the teachers do. The teachers at St Serra all truly love to teach and care about their students and they know how to make learning fun! The administration cares too, is organized and everyone is very accessible. They have a wonderful group of parents running the PTO with many family activities throughout the year. And the campus is so beautiful with the new chapel and STEM & admin center! Mrs. Trudell does an amazing job running the school and although the school is big, it feels like an extended family.
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