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.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 1,087 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $12,829
  • Average class size: 23 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

St. Junipero Serra Catholic School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:


School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Various types of Learning Differences are supported. Please call for more information.
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
 Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2008

Student Body

Total Students
1,087 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 51%
Students by Grade
St. Junipero Serra Catholic School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
66 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
23 students
Number of AP Courses
16 courses
Classroom Dress Code
Uniform code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Preschool - $4094 - $8137 TK - Grade 5 - $12829 Grade 6 - 8 - $13342
Admissions Director
Marc Evangelista
Admissions Associate
Anna Lee



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
19 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Academic Decathlon, Campus Ministry, Etiquette Factory, Extended Care Program, Homework Club, Mock Trial, Rocket Club, SerraVision (Broadcast) Crew, Student Council, Yearbook Club

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!
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does St. Junipero Serra Catholic School cost?
St. Junipero Serra Catholic School's tuition is approximately $12,829 for private students.
What sports does St. Junipero Serra Catholic School offer?
St. Junipero Serra Catholic School offers 7 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cheering, Flag Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track and Field and Volleyball.
What is St. Junipero Serra Catholic School's ranking?
St. Junipero Serra Catholic School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for: Largest student body and Most extracurriculars offered.
When is the application deadline for St. Junipero Serra Catholic School?
The application deadline for St. Junipero Serra Catholic School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (7 reviews)
I find it disturbing that Serra promotes discrimination against trans kids and trans families on its website. See their "Gender Identity Statement" on About Us. It get that it's a Catholic school. I am Catholic as well. So are many of my friends and family. None of us endorses bigotry like Serra seems to be doing. I get people have their individual views. But to advertise such an unwelcoming attitude on your website is something entirely different. It makes me wonder if they are teaching their students to be intolerant as well. I'm not going to get into a religious debate here, but it does strike me as antithetical to their stated Core Values of Kindness, Respect, and Love.
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We have been part of the Serra family going on for 6 years now. Attending this school has been the best decision we could have ever made for our children. The facilities are beautiful, the staff and leadership are outstanding and the moment we step onto campus we always feel like we are part of a special family. The school is large but we are grateful and embrace all it has to offer. We appreciate the faith-based teaching that is offered at Serra as well as feels confident that the teachers are preparing them for their next step as they go on to high school. There is diversity on campus, which is important to our bi-racial family. All academic levels are taken into consideration and children are placed appropriately so all can thrive whether it be in advanced classes or small group classes. Lessons are taught throughout the grades focusing on kindness and respect, which is so extremely important to our family. If questions ever do arise we feel as though we are always heard by the upper leadership and feel confident that they are here to support their families in any way they can. Also, we love that volunteer opportunity are always available for those parents who like to be on campus. St. Serra is giving our children the strong foundation that we know will help them succeed in all aspects of life, and for that, we will be forever grateful to all the teachers, staff, and leadership. We highly recommend this school for preschool -8th grade.
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We have been at St. Serra Catholic School for three years, and couldn't be happier. My two children are thriving academically and socially. The staff, teachers, and administration are excellent and provide a safe environment for the children to learn. Although the curriculum is held in high regard, the teachings of being kind, faith-filled children/young adults are equally important and taught every day. We feel very blessed that we are St. Serra and highly recommend it to any family that is looking for a school from Pre-School to 8th grade with strong academics and Catholic identity.
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Our granddaughter was a student at the school until June 2021, and we were very happy with it. She loved her teachers, and they were wonderful role models for her. Everyone in the school, from Principals to Teachers to Yard Supervisors and Extended Care Aides all feel accountable for the success of each individual child, so they are prompt to communicate any issues or concerns, and they address issues proactively. During her time at St. Serra, she loved being able to express her faith at school, and she received excellent religious instruction. My granddaughter eventually moved out of the area and on to a new school, and she was well-prepared academically for her new school. Overall, she thrived at St. Serra, and we felt loved and supported every day.
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St. Junipero Serra is such a great school! Having taught in a wide variety of both public and private parochial schools, I can honestly say that St. Serra has an amazing academic program and a wonderful Catholic Christian approach. There are leveled ELA and Math classes and so many enriching classes like art, creativity lab, music, religion, etc. The teachers are such Christ-like examples of servant leaders. Beautiful facilities, cutting-edge technology, after-school sports, etc. -- so much to offer!
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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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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 1,087 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $12,829
  • Average class size: 23 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Orange County, CA is $11,040 for elementary schools and $16,459 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Orange County, CA is 90% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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