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Message from our Principal

Thank you for considering Carmel Mission’s Junipero Serra School!

Who we are:

Carmel Mission’s Junipero Serra School is an American Catholic School focused on educating the whole child. We cultivate academic excellence and creative expression while guiding positive character development incorporating values of service, compassion and moral decision making. As a Catholic school, we are an inclusive learning community, welcoming all families and children who seek a safe and supportive learning environment that includes a spiritual dimension. Junipero Serra School campus provides a secure facility as part of the serene and historic Carmel Mission.

School Core Values:

  • Inclusive and welcoming
  • Centered in kindness and service
  • Committed to developing the whole child

Junipero Serra School is. . .

. . . distinguished by academic excellence. Teachers at JSS are engaged in an on-going process to ensure the highest quality of teaching and learning for our students. Our classes are small, allowing personalized learning and opportunities for individualized instruction. Teachers engage in regular professional development and exhibit a mindset of continuous improvement to ensure our curriculum meets standards, assessments benchmark student learning, and the latest technology is leveraged to meld the best of a traditional Catholic education with necessary 21st century skills and practices. We are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA).

. . . committed to educating the whole child. Our philosophy is rooted in the conviction that human beings have a transcendent destiny, and education for the whole child must form the spiritual, intellectual, physical, social and aesthetic capacities of each child. The JSS student learning experience includes visual art, performing art, gardening and cooking. Our Art Studio includes a Kiln for clay work. JSS is blessed with a large auditorium and stage for drama productions. The music program includes choir and orchestra. We teach students to garden, harvest, and cook simple meals. JSS is the only school in the area where all students learn Spanish beginning in Kindergarten through the 8th grade.

. . . centered in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus provides us with the most compelling example of the realization of human potential. The JSS learning community seeks to foster an understanding of Jesus and follow His example to spread the Gospel message of love of God and service to the community, especially the poor and marginalized. All of our classes engage in activities designed to bring to life the Gospel message of service to the community.

Junipero Serra School includes Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and 1st - 8th grades with small class sizes, affordable tuition and tuition assistance. I invite you to learn more about our unique and vibrant learning community by scheduling a tour and a shadow day for your child.

Mr. Steve Henderson Principal