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There are three defining and enduring characteristics of Junipero Serra School. We are able to animate these defining characteristics through the dedication of our teachers AND the support of people like you.

Junipero Serra School is. . .

. . . 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 a personal relationship with Jesus Christ 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 the Gospel message of service to the community to life. Middle School students take a class called the Serra Challenge, which is a student-led project based, service learning course. In the class they identify community challenges, create a business plan, propose solutions, launch their projects and become eligible for the “Serra Challenge Ripple-Effect Awards.” These awards act as seed money allowing students to multiply the effect of the award in service of the community. They are given the opportunity to be the CEO of their own student-led service projects in their local will also feature seminar like discussions on Gospel Parables and comparative religion.

2019-2020 Serra Challenge Supporters:

Mr. Robert A. Balles. In addition to supporting the “Ripple Effect” Award of the Serra Challenge, Mr. Balles also supports student achievement in mathematics. This year the school will award the Robert A. Balles Excellence in Mathematics Prize to high achieving JSS middle school mathematics students.

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).

The JSS Opportunity Fund helps deserving students have the chance to achieve academic excellence. The Opportunity Fund is not a hand out, but a hand up. This means that some families can afford some or most of the tuition, but need a helping hand to make up the difference. The Opportunity Fund allows us to help those families.

JSS thankfully recognizes the following people for supporting the 2019-2020 Opportunity Fund and making a direct difference in the lives of a number of families!

  • Mr. Frank A. Olson
  • Mr. John T. Donnelly
  • The Estate of Mr. George Corey.
  • Ernest Joseph McCulla
  • Daniel T Wyant

We set a goal of $25,000 for 2019-2020 Opportunity Fund and we are nearly 50% toward reaching our as of September!

Junipero Serra School is. . .

. . . 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 person must form the spiritual, intellectual, physical, social and aesthetic capacities of each child. Aesthetic refers to the Arts and means that the student learning experience at JSS includes a significant emphasis on learning to appreciate and create art. The JSS student experience includes Visual Art and Performing Art. Our Art Studio includes a Kiln for clay work. JSS is blessed with a large auditorium and stage and students produce plays for the larger community. Our music program includes choir, strings and wind instruments. JSS is the only school in the area where all students learn Spanish beginning in Kindergarten through the 8th grade.

2019-2020 JSS Patrons of the Arts:

  • Ms. Marie Canepa

Join us in animating the vision of Carmel Mission’s Parish School! Click on the donate button at the top of this webpage or contact the school for more information.