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San Mateo, CA
Students enrolled: 856

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451 West 20th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403

(650) 345-8207
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Develops honesty: Disagree
August 21, 2015
Fairness does not exist at this school. The Polynesian favoritism is ridiculous. Unless your family is donating serious monies, or your child is getting his education paid for, your child will be a second class citizen.

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2015
As a parent of a Serra student, I am very disappointed with many things about my child's experience. Politics are everywhere, but they are extreme here. The academic climate should be stronger, but too many kids, for the sake of sports (namely football), are admitted that do not merit admission. There is a reason that so many Polynesians are at Serra.....many don't merit admission at the other private schools that value education first (as they should). Parents, in my honest opinion, I strongly suggest that you consider elsewhere for your child. This place has done nothing but destroy my child's perception of himself.

- submitted by a parent

July 06, 2015
Great experience and brotherhood. Sports are a big part of this school and thus brings everyone together

- submitted by a community member

July 01, 2015
Serra is the place that made me who I am today. If I end up raising boys in san mateo county they will all go to Serra. Sports are great at serra, but it also has a great AP and honros programs. I was in a few AP classes and they push you intellectually but not to the point of breaking like some schools (SI). Most importantly I learned life skills that are more valuable than any academics.

- submitted by a student
Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
July 01, 2015
Some teachers are old and should not be there in regards to their teaching capabilites, however Serra will not fire them because they have been there for so long.

- submitted by a student
Develops grit: Strongly agree
July 01, 2015
Serras sports teams are great for developing persistence which can be translated upon graduating into a career and other aspects of life.

- submitted by a student

December 05, 2013
We sent our 3rd son to Serra and wish we'd sent the other two. The oldest attended another all boys school in San Jose and our brilliant middle attended a rigorous public high school on the mid peninsula where he as neither challenged or held to a higher work ethic. # 3 is neither an athlete or a huge honors student, but he still is getting the attention he needs and the school is very proactive about communicating their high academic expectations in a supportive way. In the last four years, Serra has worked very hard to up its academic game and frankly it's nice to be at a school where family wealth and who is flying in a private jet are not the primary topics among the students, teachers and administrators. Our neighbor had the choice of attending any of the private high schools on the peninsula and San Jose and he chose Serra because he thought the kids were the most down to earth. And believe you me, he is challenged in his honors classes. Don't listen to the naysayers. Check it out yourself.

- submitted by a parent

August 06, 2013
If you are not an athlete on the Football, Baseball or Basketball team or they haven't decided you are an Honors student you will be treated like a second class student. The parents are really cliquish. If you are not in the "in crowd" you will be ignored.

- submitted by a parent

May 30, 2013
The Good: Serra has a committed athletics program to the big booster sports and a loyal following. Now for the bad - Serra's academics are sub-par. I've sent a few of my boys through this school and it's changed. They are helping me write this review as it's gotten really bad at Serra. First of all, they are about a decade behind in technology. Have you seen their computer lab? One-to-one devices? They are lagging behind even the public schools let alone private schools. Their leadership administration is stuck in the past in their old ways. Michael Peterson cared about the growth of the school even if he himself was old school. But the new Dean Strange and the principal Thornton are all talk, all politician, and no substance from my time spent talking with them. I talked to a few teachers and they are MAD at these folks. I have a few friends who have taught and coached my sons and they all say that it's not a great place to work under these clowns. Now, boys are taking video up teacher's skirts here? No respect for Serra anymore. I transferred my son to a public school....he said it's much tougher academically! Don't overpay for Serra anymore....it's just not worth it.

- submitted by a parent

May 22, 2013
Excellent high school! I received a great education here and grew as a young man. Everything they offer - academics, campus ministry, athletics, etc. - was top notch. I am a proud Serra alumnus and I recommend it to everyone who has boys considering Catholic high school.

- submitted by a community member

March 15, 2013
sorry excuse for a high school. the teachers staff and adults who are in charge mess young men up

- submitted by a teacher

September 15, 2012
The overall quality is not too bad, teachers are rather friends. But it might not be a prior choice for students who are strong in academic. Over restricting students for possibly lowered pass rate. Required "elective" courses waste a lot of time. However, it's also a place to learn time management and improve self-study skills for students who are really self-motived. The rate is for course-selecting system.

- submitted by a student

August 13, 2012
The tuition is an incredible amount of money for the academic and extra-curricular experience Serra provides. Local public school provide a better academic experience. The athletics programs appear to be driven by deep pockets and alumni connections rather than on each student's skills and talents. Looking forward to having my child move back to the public school system.

- submitted by a parent

March 05, 2012
Excellent high school which has a fantastic Academic Resource Center for those boys who have been diagnosed with learning differences. The boys are taught to advocate for themselves and are given accommodations to level the playing field. The most common learning difference is dyslexia. While having dealt with the horror of the public schools which sweep everything under the rug, Serra actually tries to help all students be successful. I give them an A+ for helping the LD students. I would highly recommend this school to any parent of a child with language based learning differences.

- submitted by a community member

August 25, 2010
Junipero Serra High school is a one stop education investment for your children. Excellent academic standards; combined with unequaled arts, music and sports program; and backed by strong faith and spiritual foundation. From the principal to the maintenance staff, the discipline and care for children are astounding. A school that supports the less privileged, but deserving students. I am very glad that our family is a part of this community.

- submitted by a parent

February 17, 2010
I went to Serra. I hated it. The local public schools offer a more academically rigorous program. Serra only cares about its atheletes and donors.

- submitted by a community member
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July 28, 2009
Worked hard to send my boys to Serra. Paid off. They learned early that if you want something you will have to work hard to get it. Wish all kids could go to Serra.

- submitted by a parent

January 17, 2009
Rather overrated. My kids spent two years at Serra, went to Carlmont and had difficulty with the rigor of the curriculum.

- submitted by a parent

July 19, 2008
Outstanding academics, extra-curricular activities and camaraderie. The editor of the New York Times went here, as well as Tom Brady, Barry Bonds, Lynn Swann and many other great athletes. But beyond the victories and championships, what it most important is the sense of brotherhood and sportsmanship taught by such men as football coach Patrick Walsh. The spirit of the students is unique and passed down from generation to generation - it is unsinkable and awe-inspiring at times. The faculty and parents go the extra yard and then some to help make this a special place - as facility upgrades in recent years have proven. There is nothing like being a Serra Padre ... for life. I still follow the school's athletic fortunes on norcalpreps.com and serrahs.com.

- submitted by a community member

February 28, 2007
Excellent character development. Outstanding athletic and extracurricular opportunities. There is a sense of pride about the school that ties generations of alumni together. Serra is a rare place in today's education market.

- submitted by a student

March 10, 2005
Excellent academics and sports programs.

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2005
Great school I'll send my kids there!

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2004
I attended Serra as did my 2 sons & 2 nephews. Dynamic character building school stressing ethics and friendship among fellow students. Good college preperatory where you'll make friends for life. Extremely competetive athletic activities & high level of school spirit. 2 Superbowl MVP's & Barry Bonds among others.

- submitted by a student

August 10, 2003
I attended Serra High School for, four years. Great education, great enviorment, and an amazing staff.

- submitted by a student
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Junipero Serra High School
451 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA  94403
(650) 345-8207
Last modified Junipero Serra High School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Junipero Serra High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top