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JSS Mission Statement

Carmel Mission’s Junipero Serra School cultivates academic excellence and positive character development in a safe and nurturing environment where students, families, and staff are valued members of a united Catholic faith community.

About Us

Junipero Serra School, a Roman Catholic elementary school and a ministry of the Carmel Mission Basilica Parish, supports and educates Catholic youth from the Carmel community and the entire Monterey Peninsula area. Families of all faiths are welcome. JSS is affiliated with the Diocese of Monterey and the Department of Catholic Schools. Since 1945, Junipero Serra School, located in Carmel, CA, on the grounds of the historic Carmel Mission Basilica, has been serving students in grades Preschool through Grade 8.

Fully credentialed teachers staff the school. The average class size is under 20 students with one class per grade level. Extended Care is available before school and after school until 6:00pm. The school schedule is 8:00am to 3:00pm. Junipero Serra School is accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA). WCEA accredits Catholic elementary and secondary schools in nine western states (26 (arch) dioceses) and the US Territory of Guam. WCEA co-accredits and is in partnership with WASC, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Junipero Serra School in the Diocese of Monterey, mindful of its mission to be a witness to the love Christ for all, admits students of any religion, race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the students at the school.

Junipero Serra School does not discriminate based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, age or gender in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.

While Junipero Serra School does not discriminate against students with special needs, a full range of services may not be available.