The Serra Advantage: Rigor in the Curriculum

In this three part series, Assistant Admissions Director 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.