Welcome to St. Junipero Serra Catholic Preschool

The administration, faculty, and staff of St. Junipero Serra Catholic School are honored and humbled that you are considering our preschool as the spiritual and educational partner for your child. As stated in our mission, we are "inspired by the gospel values, and within a Christ-centered environment, we promote student success through programs that meet the diverse learning needs and unique potential of each child."

We are so excited  we have expanded our program to include Young 4's Program for children turning 4-years-old between September 1st and December 1st.

For more information about our Early Education Programs, please visit our Preschool pages by CLICKING HERE.


The SJSC Admissions Team


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Click To complete the online Preschool Application for Admission.


For questions regarding the preschool application process, please contact Megan Merrill, Enrollment Support Coordinator, at (949) 888-1990 ext. 219 or e-mail  admissions@serraschool.org                    



Admission to St. Junipero Serra Catholic School

Preference in admission shall be given to practicing members of the four Catholic Parish communities: Holy Trinity, San Francisco Solano, Santiago de Compostela and St. Kilian. Parents must subscribe to the school’s philosophy and agree to abide by the educational policies and regulations of the school.

New Students (Priority of Admission)

All applicants require a parish recommendation (if you are Catholic) or a recommendation from St. Junipero Serra Catholic School’s Chaplain or the current Lead Pastor, for all non-practicing Catholics or families of other faiths. Parents/guardians are encouraged to check with their parish for specific criteria and guidelines used by their Pastor in determining a family’s recommendation and admission to St. Junipero Serra Catholic School.

CLICK HERE for the Parish Recommendation Form.

Formal Acceptance

After all applications have been reviewed by the Pastors, recommendations for openings will be made based on the Priority of Admissions Policy as outlined below:

For Returning Families: Pastors will recommend admission to the President for returning families based on active family participation in the life of their parish. Then Pastors will recommend admission for siblings of currently registered St. Junipero Serra Catholic School families, based on active family participation in the life of their parish.

For New Families: Pastors will recommend admission to the President for students of registered members of Holy Trinity, San Francisco Solano, Santiago de Compostela, or St. Kilian, based on active participation in the life of their parish, subject to the remaining available spaces.

Out of Parish Families: Once applications from registered families have been considered, applications from families who are not registered with one of our four parishes will be reviewed for consideration.

If additional openings are available, families of non- practicing Catholics or families of other faiths may be considered for admissions.

Re-admission is not automatic. Active family participation in parish life is evaluated by the Pastor(s) annually.

Admissions Age Requirement

St. Junipero Serra Catholic Preschool provides programs for children 36 months to 60 months of age, as well as an extended care program before and after morning preschool classes. 

  • 3-Year-old Preschool program for children who are 3 years old on or before December 1st. 
  • Young 4's Preschool program for children who turn 4 years old between September 1st through December 1st. 
  • PreK program for children who are 4 years old. 

Student Learning Support Program

Every student is a child of God and is deserving of an opportunity to receive the best Catholic education possible. St. Junipero Serra Catholic School supports and complements the parents/guardians in their responsibility as the primary educators of their children. Our mission is to teach the gospel and to model Jesus Christ. Our primary goals are to assist students to grow into the fullness of life in Jesus, to be members of the community of believers, and to teach the redeeming message of God’s love. We strive to develop the whole child: physically, intellectually, morally, psychologically, socially and spiritually.

Recognizing that a Catholic School education should be available to all who desire it, St. Junipero Serra Catholic School strives to accept all students for whom an appropriate program can be designed and implemented.

The goals of our Student Learning Support Program are:

  • to serve as a Christ-like model in respecting each student as a unique gift of God
  • to recognize and respond to the learning styles and needs of each student and to develop the unique potential of each student
  • to create the most appropriate learning environment which will allow students to have as much success in all areas of the curriculum as possible, and to become productive members of the classroom
  • to provide for ongoing evaluation of each student’s program


Admissions Staff

Corey Overton
Director, Marketing & Enrollment
(949) 888-1990, ext. 180

Megan Merrill
Enrollment Support Coordinator
(949) 888-1990, ext. 219


Preschool Administration

Carol Reiss
Principal, Preschool to Grade 4
(949) 888-1990

Toni Botterill
Assistant to Principal,
Preschool to Grade 4
(949) 888-1990, ext. 166