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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A+
451 West 20th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403

Applying

Application Deadline
January 7
Application Fee
$75
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
HSPT

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$23,875
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
33%
Average Financial Aid
$8,300
From Junipero Serra High School

At Serra, you are immersed in an inclusive, supportive community that will challenge you to reach your full potential and grow in heart, mind, body, and spirit. Our rigorous academic program is designed to engage and support the unique ways in which you learn. As a Padre, you are mentored by committed, caring educators who are genuinely invested in their students.

The significant achievements of our graduates are proof that our empowering culture prepares Serra Padres for life after high school. They become compassionate leaders who care about their communities and are passionate about making a difference in the world. The lifelong friendships are examples of the strength of the brotherhood and are alive in our inclusive community.

The members of this year’s graduating Class of 2019 received $29.5 million in college scholarships, and dedicated 30,813 hours serving their local communities, impacting many lives in meaningful ways.

Junipero Serra High School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1280
242 responses
Average ACT
28
78 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.56 responses
Poll
77%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.56 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 190 responses
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  • Athletic Events
    19%
  • Prom
    17%
  • Homecoming Football Games
    15%
  • Kairos
    12%
  • Serra has an extraordinary performing arts program
    11%
  • Jungle Game
    11%
  • Rallies
    7%

    Students

    Diversity
    A
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    807
    91%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.57 responses
    47%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.57 responses
    93%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.57 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    11:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    75%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.68 responses
    Poll
    84%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.68 responses
    Poll
    78%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.68 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    Very High
    83%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.71 responses
    58%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.71 responses
    66%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.71 responses
    Living in the Area
    1. Cost of Living
      D
    2. Good for Families
      A
    3. Housing
      C
    Median Household Income
    $115,167
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $2,301
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $1,007,200
    National
    $184,700

    Junipero Serra High School Reviews

    313 reviews
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    A safe place to send your kid to learn ethics. However, the academics are mediocre and public's schools have more options, more qualified teachers, and more opportunities. Our son did not even have an option for a science class in his senior year. Serra works hard at making sure grades are good for the school's benefit, not necessarily your son's. They place students in easy classes to insure good grades rather than what would best benefit them academically. The graduating class tends to go to lowered tirr colleges. If you have signs on Stanford or Berkeley than find another school. Serra tends to hire their own alumni rather than seek out the best teachers and although this reinforces the Serra culture it is academically myopic and not the best practice for any organization. Top universities rarely do this for a good reason. It has been a safe place to educate our son, but he's ill prepared for college with Serra's limited academic options.. I would not make this choice again.
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    I am a 1960 graduate of Serra High School of San Mateo, California, my brother graduated from Serra several years later, and my son also graduated from Serra. I have been involved in the school as a supporter for many years. I have gotten to know many members of the staff and many many successful graduates. For Serra to have been ignored, when many other schools which are similar (Archbishop Riordan, for example, is very similarly-situated, not really close academically or otherwise) were ranked and Serra was ignored is really inexcusable.
    This school has transformed our son! The culture of Serra promotes intrinsic motivation and pairs it with Catholic values. Not only does he have the confidence and the peer support to try new sports and activities, but the classroom environment is ‘safe’ where students can express themselves and engage in academic dialogue freely. The teachers are highly trained and the best in their field: they understand the development of teen boys, have mastery of their subject matter, hold high expectations of students and follow through by challenging boys to push themselves. The population of boys is diverse with respect for all. The administration communicates effectively with families. This school is where men are made. I am proud to say our son attends Serra.