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The JSS Curriculum – A Summary

Nationally Accredited

Junipero Serra School is accredited through the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA) and recognized by the National Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS). We invite you to examine the WCEA facts and guidelines as well as the Junipero Serra School accreditation report in full.

Preschool through Eighth Grade Class Structure

Junipero Serra School, located at the historic Carmel Mission (founded by St. Junipero Serra), is inclusive of students from all over the Carmel/Monterey/Salinas area. All JSS teachers are state-certified (or enrolled in a teacher program) and have earned bachelor degrees and higher.

Grades preschool through 5 are self-contained with teachers exchanging classes when appropriate. Grades 6, 7, and 8 are departmentalized with a teacher serving as both a homeroom teacher and subject specific teacher.

The rigorous curriculum meets the California State Standards and is designed to provide the students with high engagement in all subjects, while inspiring them to seek academic success in high school and at the university level.

The JSS grade level expectations are based on the California K – 12 Learning Standards issued by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Junipero Serra School takes pride in offering a challenging curriculum of instruction in all subject areas. Curriculum subject areas include religion, English/language arts (reading, writing, spelling, speaking, listening), mathematics, social studies (history, geography, civics), science, fine arts (music, art), physical education, health, and computer studies.

Beyond the Common Core

In addition to studying core subjects, JSS students become well-rounded individuals through instruction in the following areas:


As a Catholic School, building a Christian community is at the center of everything we do. Junipero School students receive daily instruction in religion. Together with formal classes, students participate in a wealth of community service projects, such as food drives to support the Salvation Army, fundraisers to support Juvenile Diabetes Research, and support for a Gathering For Women. Both Catholic and non-Catholic students also share the benefits of value formation, opportunities for liturgy and private prayer, opportunities for service to the community, and orientation to scripture.

The Arts

All students study music and art. Parent volunteers are trained to act as art docents to give students exposure to art history and various visual art techniques.

Foreign Language

All students in grades Preschool through study Spanish to give them an edge in high school foreign language classes and to facilitate fluency in high school or college.


All students at JSS study and use technology to assist an in-depth study of various subjects. 7th and 8th grade students are assigned Chromebooks that allow them to collaborate through Google Docs, to share information, and to facilitate guided research.

Physical Education

An outstanding physical education meets the needs of JSS students through a variety of fitness and athletic activities. A full-time physical education teacher, also implements an intramural athletic program during lunch, and coaches extracurricular sports for JSS 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.

Accommodated Learning Program

Arrangements can be made in all subject areas for those students needing accommodations. Educational assessments by an Educational Therapist are recommended for students to pin point areas of weaknesses. Teachers, utilize the results from these assessments and recommendations to maximize students learning potential. Tutoring may also be a necessary step to assure educational success and may be available on campus.