Junipero Serra High School

USA - WEST

Address:
451 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, California 94403

Phone:
650-345-8207

Type:
All Boys

Boarding Grades:
9-12

Total Students:
880

Boarding Students:
13 International Students

Day Students:
880

ESL Offered:
Yes

Summer Program:
Yes

Average class Size:
22

Standard Application Accepted:
Yes

ACADEMIC INFORMATION

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

  • Homestay with an American family, who has a son attending Serra
  • Very small International Program, allowing for a lot of one:one support
  • Program support includes ESL, enculturation and socialization

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Located just miles away from San Francisco International Airport, Junípero Serra High School is an outstanding Catholic college preparatory school for young men.  Our highest priority is the academic success of our students.  Our boys learn and grow in a school community that allows them to go on to live lives with purpose, and make a positive impact on the lives of others. In addition to strong academics, Serra is known for our first-rate athletic programs, performing arts department, tri-school activities with our two sister schools, and for 100% of our graduates going on to college.

With an international student population of just 1.5% of our total school population, Serra’s international students are offered ample opportunities to interact with their California peers. In turn this encourages international students to acclimate to life in the United States while dramatically improving their English skills. In addition, Serra international students are provided with the essential tools to facilitate a smooth transition into American education and culture – a comprehensive English as a Second Language (ESL) Program, socialization programs and a supportive homestay experience.

The ESL Program improves listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar skills. International students receive group and individual instruction. Specialized classes include interesting references to U.S. culture to help students adapt to everyday life. All international students are mainstreamed, and are guided by one of our five College Counselors to ensure their future success. A dedicated International Program Associate provides ongoing academic support throughout their time at Serra.

The homestay experience provides a home away from home – the support and warmth of a stable family environment. Living with an American family in a safe, enriching environment creates lifelong friendships and unforgettable memories. Homestay families are selected from within the Serra community and undergo a rigorous selection process before they are approved.

By participating in one of Serra’s 15 different sports, or 40 different clubs and organizations, students are encouraged to discover their unique talents while building relationships with other teenagers. A rich tradition of athletic competition is a source of pride for our entire community. A number of famous American professional athletes are graduates of Serra, including Tom Brady.

Serra is a community of parents, teachers, staff and alumni who are dedicated to providing the best high school experience possible for young men. We encourage international students to apply to our International Student Program and become a part of the Serra family.