Welcome to Academics at Serra

Serra’s broad-based, rigorous curriculum serves the needs of a wide range of students. Boys are relational learners who thrive in an active and collaborative learning environment.

Our teachers understand how boys learn and incorporate their knowledge and experience into challenging assignments and classroom activities. Technology is thoughtfully and purposefully integrated into the curriculum through the Google School platform. Serra students learn to use technology ethically and are prepared for the university environment.

Serra's academic program provides a college-preparatory education that prepares each student for the college that best meets his goals and interests. One hundred percent of our graduates exceed the minimum course requirements set for the California State Universities and the University of California, and one hundred percent of our Serra Padres are accepted to colleges throughout the country.

Our multilevel academic program allows students to choose classes that appropriately challenge them in a balanced and healthy way. Our faculty and counselors are professional educators, subject-matter experts and dedicated mentors who help students develop intellectual wisdom, moral strength and emotional depth. 

The future of innovation demands optimistic, imaginative thinkers—curious individuals who can challenge assumptions and bring a fresh, human-centered approach to problem solving. Serra’s Design-Led Innovation program gives our students the tools and a platform to develop these invaluable skills."

-Rita Lee, Assistant Principal: Academics

The Serra Advantage: Rigor in the Curriculum

In this three part series, Joel Ferrando '90, an English teacher at Serra for more than 20 years, explains what makes Serra's curriculum so rigorous.


Defining Rigor in the Serra Program

Serra teachers have worked over the last ten years to build a rigorous and robust curriculum that challenges students to move beyond what they thought themselves capable in the confines of a supportive and nurturing environment.


Standards-based Curriculum

Assessments, rubrics, curricular and instructional strategies are built around the professional learning standards that departments have identified for their programs.


Vertical and Horizontal Alignment

Grade level and four-year progression alignment ensures that skills are systematically addressed and that students are more complete thinkers, readers and writers.

PARENTS AND STUDENTS: Please find scheduling information and current links in the PCR Parent and Student Portals.


Academic Leadership

Rita Lee

Rita Lee

Assistant Principal, Academics
B.S., Biological Sciences, Stanford University
M.A., Education (Biology), Stanford University
M.Ed., School Leadership, Harvard University
California Single Subject Teaching Credential, Biology and Chemistry, Stanford University
Administration, Design Thinking, Innovation, Information and Technology, Academics



of Serra graduates attend college



honors and AP courses in nearly all subject areas



of Serra faculty members hold advanced degrees