About Us

Serra High School is an exceptional Catholic college preparatory for boys. While academic excellence is our baseline, spiritual formation is at the heart of all we do. We teach boys to become responsible young men, as we prepare our Padres to successfully navigate the complex world they will inherit.

A rich and rigorous academic curriculum, a wide range of engaging extracurricular activities, and an environment of compassion and mutual respect are hallmarks of Serra. Classmates become brothers, students find a community where they are known and belong, and teachers become role models in an environment that nurtures and challenges students to grow. Our Padres join an inclusive peer group that lasts a lifetime.

Serra’s legacy spans more than 70 years of excellence in Catholic education and includes more than 12,000 alumni. The school’s location in San Mateo, in the heart of the Peninsula between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, ignites an innovative spirit in the community. We welcome students of all faiths and backgrounds to bring their gifts and talents to our campus and enrich the diversity of our school community.

Welcome to Serra and Siempre Adelante!

Research indicates that boys excel academically and personally in single-gender learning environments. Boys are energetic, creative risk-takers who yearn to build relationships with peers and mentors. Our teachers leverage boys' natural strengths, talents and aspirations by using effective teaching strategies that motivate and support young men in their academic and personal growth. This gives our Padres an advantage in the classroom and in life. Our students flourish in our inclusive, innovative and inspiring environment.barry thornton, ed.d.