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Military Families

Welcome to Junipero Serra School

Junipero Serra School is honored to welcome all families whose military obligations bring them to the Monterey area. Whether you are connected to the Naval Postgraduate School, the Defense Language Institute, or the Presidio, JSS is grateful for the opportunity to serve you and your children during your time here in the beautiful Carmel/Monterey area, whether it is a brief stay, or semi-permanent.

Understanding the Challenges of Mid-Year Transitions

JSS understands the challenges that a mid-school year transition can place upon a family in the military and therefore it is our goal to make your relocation as easy as possible. The small learning environments of JSS enable the teachers to make connections very quickly with new students. The JSS teachers can then provide the academic support, and if necessary, the emotional support, that fosters and nurtures a smooth transition for your child in their new school.

Available and Affordable

As a ministry of the Carmel Mission Basilica Parish, Junipero Serra School seeks to include all families in the Carmel/Monterey area who seek a Catholic Education, expect academic excellence, and value a community that celebrates diversity. JSS seeks to make Catholic education affordable as well through a tuition assistance program that is based upon a family’s income. Also, all military families, in communication with the principal, are eligible for pro-rated tuition.

The JSS Preschool is certified and part of the Military/DoD Fee Assistance programs administered by Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA). For more information on how to apply for fee assistance for the JSS preschool, please visit this website.


Catholic Education has always sought to embrace community and to share the many joys and sacrifices that all of our families make on a daily basis. A Catholic community brings all families together through a charism that celebrates civic engagement and service for the common good, attributes which military families have embraced through their unique calling to serve their country for the common good of all citizens.

Personal Excellence

JSS, being a faith-based and academic community, rejoices not only in the spirit of compassion and understanding that unites our community, but also celebrates the spiritual, academic, and physical growth of each individual student as they seek personal excellence. Catholic Education compels us, as educators, to ensure that every day is a learning experience, filled with the acquisition of new knowledge, where students are challenged to be Christ-like in word and action. Whether a child is a student at JSS for only one year or for ten years, they will experience a loving environment that inspires, educates, and values their contributions to a faith-filled community of learners.

Apply Today

Junipero Serra School welcomes you and invites you to experience the best of Catholic education. To arrange a tour, or to learn more about JSS, call 831-624-8322.