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Applying to Serra involves a few important steps and lots of opportunities to get to know us better. Get started by completing our online application. When you submit your application, you will be prompted to sign up for your personal interview in February, and you will be automatically registered for the High School Placement Test (HSPT) at Serra, which will be administered in January.
You will need to have your current school complete and return two forms to Serra: the Request for Transcript and the Confidential Teacher Recommendation. The (optional) Clergy Recommendation form should be completed by your pastor, minister, or spiritual advisor and returned to us. Links to these forms can be found within the corresponding tabs below. Applications for financial aid will be available on our website beginning in mid-November.
Most important, be sure to sign up for a shadow day and mark your calendar for our annual Open House. Our students tell us these two events were key in helping them make the decision to become a Padre.
- Begin the Inquiry/Application Process
- Padre for a Day Shadow Visits
- Transcript Requests and Recommendation Forms
- Financial Aid
- Entrance Exam
- ARC Application & ARC HSPT Extended Time Form Due Monday, December 5
- Checklist for Applying to Serra
- Transfer Application
Download and print the Request for Transcript form here. This form should be brought to your current school to be completed and returned to us. You can also email the link to your school to be completed electronically.
Download and print the Confidential Teacher Recommendation form here. This form should be brought to your current school to be completed and returned to us. You can also email the link to your school to be completed electronically.
The (optional) Clergy Recommendation form should be completed by your pastor, minister, or spiritual advisor and returned to us. Click here to download.
We understand that the total cost of a college preparatory experience is a significant investment. Serra's Financial Aid program is designed to help those families who, even with their sacrifices, are unable to afford full tuition. If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please click here for more information.
The HSPT is used by Catholic high schools throughout the San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose Archdioceses. Applicants who take the entrance exam at another high school may request their scores be sent to Serra at the time of testing and, in turn, those testing at Serra may have their scores sent to additional schools.
The writing sample will be administrated by all schools in the San Francisco Archdiocese. Should an applicant choose to take the entrance exam outside the Archdiocese of San Francisco (at a school that does not include the writing sample), he will be asked to take the writing sample portion of the exam following his scheduled interview date.
Serra will administer the 2017 HSPT entrance exam with a writing sample on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 8:30 a.m - noon. Testing begins at 8:30 a.m. Students should arrive at 8:20 a.m. in the Serra main lobby, with two number two pencils (no calculators are permitted). The testing will conclude at approximately noon.
Applicants with documented learning differences may request extended time on the HSPT test by completing the necessary paperwork. For more information, please click on the tab below.
Parents must complete the Supplementary Application for Academic Resources Support and submit the required documentation for their son to be considered for membership in the Academic Resource Center (ARC). For more information on Serra's Academic Resource Center, please click here.
Applicants with documented learning differences may request extended time on the HSPT test by downloading and completing the ARC HSPT Extended Time Form and returning it, along with a copy of supporting documentation, to Academic Resource Director Gayle Rosenberg by the required deadline. All HSPT results are mailed in our admissions notifications packets in March.
Open House at Serra, one of the premier open house events among Bay Area high schools, is an evening designed to introduce middle schools boys and their families to the Serra community and all its components — academics, activities, athletics and the arts.