FAQs

How to Apply

Do you need to be Catholic to apply?

Your family does not need to be Roman Catholic to apply; however, St. Junipero Serra Catholic School is a ministry of the Diocese of Orange. Acceptances are based on the following Priority of Admissions:

1) Siblings of currently, registered St. Junipero Serra Catholic students.
2) Active, participating parishioners at one of our four parishes:

a.) Holy Trinity , Ladera Ranch, CA
b.) Saint Kilian, Mission Viejo, CA
c.) San Francisco Solano, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
d.) Santiago de Compostela, Lake Forest, CA

3) Active, participating parishioners at a Catholic parish, other than our 4 parishes, who do not have a Catholic school on their site. Please note that if your parish does have a Catholic school, a school recommendation is required.

4) Non-practicing Catholics. Will also be required to meet with our President and/or Chaplain.

5) Families of other faiths. Will also be required to meet with our President and/or Chaplain.

CLICK HERE for the Parish Recommendation Form.

What grades do you offer?

We offer Preschool through 8th grade.

Our preschool program offers a 3-year old and a 4-year old program (Pre-K). Please see the Admissions Preschool page for additional information regarding our Preschool Program.

What is the class size for preschool, elementary and middle school?

  • Preschool maintains a maximum class size of 18 students per class.
  • Transitional Kindergarten (TK) maintains a maximum number of 15 students per teacher in TK . The TK grade level has 2 teachers and 2 full-time aides.
  • Kindergarten maintains a maximum homeroom of 25 students per class.
    Our Kindergarten classes are assisted by a full-time assistant in each class.
  • Grades 1-8 Homeroom class size ranges from 28-30 students.
    First and second grade teachers are assisted by a full-time teacher assistant in each class.
  • Core curriculum classes in English/Language Arts (ELA) and Math maintain an average class size of 21-22 students in grades 1-8.

Do the students have to wear a uniform?

Yes. Students must purchase their school uniform through our designated uniform sources which is currently Dennis Uniforms (formal and informal uniform options) or through our Serra Student Store (used uniforms and PE uniforms.) Uniforms may not be purchased from any other sources.

How does St. Junipero Serra Catholic score on standardized testing?

According to Diocesan Policy, we are unable to disclose our testing results. However, St. Serra students on average perform above the national average.

Do you have before and after school programs?

Yes. Please refer to our Extended Care Frequently Asked Questions for fees and additional information on our extended care program.

In addition, we have a variety of After School classes. After school classes are available each day (Monday through Thursday.) After school classes vary throughout the year and are fee-based. Some examples of afterschool classes include: coding and robotics, Young Rembrandt’s Art, Piano lessons, Academic Chess, Mad Science, dance classes and foreign language (Mandarin Chinese). These fee-based programs are run directly through the after school company and are held in various classrooms on our campus.

How Do I Apply to the School?

For more information about our application process visit Admissions Preschool or Admissions TK - 8th Grade on our website. Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are currently available online. The 2018-2019 applications will be available on November 15, 2017.

Tuition and Fees?

Tuition and fee information can be reviewed at CLICK HERE to be directed to our Tuition and fee page.

St Serra's Required Service Hours Program

Our dynamic St. Serra community thrives on our parents’ time, talent and treasure. To best manage these resources, each family is required to perform sixty (60) hours of service, including a Lunch/Recess Duty requirement and to commit their time for two of our major fundraisers. Each family is responsible for recording their regular service hours online via the Record Service Hours page on our website.

Diocesan Volunteer Requirements:

Please note that the Diocese of Orange requires each volunteer to:

1. Have Diocesan fingerprint clearance, and also
2. Complete Diocesan Safe Environment Training.

Both requirements must be fulfilled before the Diocese will permit volunteering with children. See Volunteer Requirements or contact the School Office for an information and Volunteer Requirement packet.

Placement Assessments

Transitional Kindergarten applicants do not require an assessment, but it is recommended that your child be assessed by Chancy and Bruce Educational Resources. Admissions will provide you Chancy and Bruce's contact information once we receive your child's application.

Kindergarten applicants require a current assessment with Chancy and Bruce Education Resources. Please contact the Admissions Office for Chancy and Bruce contact information.

        • If your incoming Kindergarten applicant was tested by Chancy and Bruce at their preschool recently, you may provide a copy of the assessment to our Admissions Office when you apply and we will verify if a new assessment is necessary.

Grades 1-8 will require a copy of their final report card from the previous year and a copy of the most recent report card, as well as standardized test scores (if applicable.)

        • In addition, if a student is accepted for grades 1-8, placement tests may be required.

Student Interview

Students applying for 7th and 8th grade will be required to meet with our middle school Principal prior to acceptance.