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Applying to Serra involves a few important steps and many opportunities to get to know us better. Serra uses Ravenna Solutions for our online application. Please visit the Ravenna website to create an account. Once your account is created, you will view the necessary steps to complete the application process.

For families interested in our financial aid program, please click on the Financial Aid tab below. Please note applications for financial aid will be available on our website beginning in mid-November.

Most important, be sure to sign up to be a Padre for a Day, our 8th grade shadow visit program, and mark your calendar for our annual Open House, Sunday, December 2 at 1 p.m. Our students tell us these two events were key in helping them make the decision to become a Padre.

Begin the Inquiry/Application Process

Serra's online application is available through Ravenna Hub. Please create an account in Ravenna and choose the San Francisco Bay Area region. Search for Junípero Serra High School. The application includes parent and student short essay responses, registration for the HSPT (High School Placement Test), and the opportunity to sign up for a student and parent interview with a school representative.

Padre for a Day Shadow Visits

Spend a day on campus and see what it's really like to be a Serra Padre!  

Shadow registration will open on Tuesday, August 21, 2018.

Transcript Requests and Recommendation Forms

The Transcript Request form will be available October 5.

The Confidential Teacher Recommendation form will be available October 5.

The (optional) Clergy Recommendation form should be completed by your pastor, minister, or spiritual advisor; it will be available October 5. (If you are applying for the Archdiocese Scholarship through the TADS financial aid system, please use the clergy form provided through TADS.

St. Junipero Serra Scholars

Every year, Serra identifies a select group of incoming freshmen whose academic and co-curricular achievements truly stand out. These exceptional young Padres are acknowledged as St. Junípero Serra Scholars.

St. Junípero Serra Scholars receive a $6,000 scholarship, renewable each year they attend Serra and meet the criteria established for the program. Students are identified by Serra’s Admissions Committee to receive this honor.

The general profile of a scholarship recipient is a young man who has:

  • Grades of A- or better in each of the core subjects of English, math, history, and science in seventh and eighth grades
  • Outstanding recommendations from teachers for his academic achievements, moral character, and conduct
  • High School Placement Test scores in the 90th percentile or above on multiple measures
  • Standardized test scores from seventh and eighth grades that are consistent with his academic profile
  • Demonstrated initiative and/or leadership in extracurricular and community activities

Serra is proud to welcome a new cohort of St. Junípero Serra Scholars each year. If you have questions about this program, please contact the Admissions Office.

Financial Aid

We understand that the total cost of a Serra education 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.

Entrance Exam

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. 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. Applicants who choose to take the entrance exam outside the Archdiocese of San Francisco (at a school that does not include the writing sample), will be asked to take the writing sample portion of the exam on the day he interviews at Serra.

Serra will administer the 2018 HSPT entrance exam with a writing sample on Saturday, January 12, 2019. from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 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.

ARC Application & ARC HSPT Extended Time Form Due Monday, December 3, 2018

The ARC Supplementary Application and HSPT extended time form can be found in the Ravenna Hub. Parents must complete the application for the Academic Resource Center and submit the required documentation for their son to be considered for membership in the ARC. Applicants with documented learning differences may request extended time on the HSPT exam, with appropriate documentation.

For more information on Serra's Academic Resource Center, please click here.

Transfer Application

If you are a current high school student and interested in transferring to Serra, please click on the link below and create an account in Ravenna. If you have any questions, contact the Admissions Office at 650.345.8207 ext. 115, or email Linda Cuddy.

Transfer Application

Open House

Sunday, December 2, 2018
1 p.m.

Open House at Serra, one of the premier open house events among Bay Area high schools, is an afternoon designed to introduce middle schools boys and their families to the Serra community and all its components — academics, activities, athletics and the arts.

Reservations requested, please click here to let us know you will be attending.

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