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Age Requirements

Students entering Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade must meet the following age requirements:

Three Years and Nine Months Old by September 1st

Transitional Kindergarten

Four Years Old by September 1st


Five Years Old by September 1st

First Grade
Six Years Old by September 1st

Enrollment Process

If you questions, would like more information or would like to schedule a tour, please email Principal Steve Henderson at

If you are ready to fill out an application, you may complete an on-line application, linked above "Apply Now" or you may download a .pdf version of the application

2019-20 PreK through Eighth Grade Application Form

2019-20 Sixth through Eighth Grade Teacher Recommendation Form

In addition to the application please attach a recent photograph and include a copy of your child's birth certificate and, if Catholic, a Baptismal Certificate.

Preschool, Kindergarten and First Grade Applicants

It is possible that your child may be placed on a wait list for acceptance into Junipero Serra School. Please know that siblings of current students have first priority for admission, followed by families who are registered at the Carmel Mission Basilica Parish. Applicants for the JSS Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, and Kindergarten may be asked for a social readiness assessment by the JSS Preschool Director or the JSS Kindergarten teacher. This assessment would be used to determined a child's readiness to meet the social dimensions required for a young child entering school for the first time.

Second through Eighth Grade Applicants

Please send copies of report cards for the last two years as well as copies of any standardized test scores (i.e. SAT, CTBS, STAR, etc.).

Have the recommendation forms (i.e.: Math, English) completed by the appropriate persons and returned directly to Junipero Serra School. We have found that this works best when a stamped, addressed envelope is attached to the form.

The Admissions Office may contact you after the application has been received to arrange for the purpose of administering a basic skills assessment. This assessment, if necessary, consists of the evaluation of math skills, vocabulary, oral reading, writing, and reading comprehension.

Once all information has been submitted to the admissions office, a decision will be forthcoming shortly.

Once the applicant has been accepted, the following items will be required in order for your child to attend class:

  • Immunization Records
  • Enrollment and Tuition Agreement
  • Birth & Baptism Certificates
  • First Communion Certificates (if applicable)
  • Note: Baptism and First Communion certificates must be verified for all new Catholic students.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Junipero Serra School, located in the Diocese of Monterey, mindful of its mission to be a witness to the love of 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 on the basis of 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.