Student and Parent Visits

Serra will host creative in-person and virtual events for students and parents throughout the 2021-22 school year. Please visit our site regularly for updates and additions.

Scroll down to view information about Padre for a Day, Open House, Padre Admissions Chats, Walk Around Wednesday and Padre Previews.

You can also click on the virtual tour to view the campus and watch department videos that explain the strength of Serra's programs.

Serra Virtual Tour


Padre for a Day 

Wondering what your high school experience will be like? Immersing yourself in Padre life by participating in a Padre for a Day (PFD) visit is an important step in determining if Serra is the right community for you. This year, in accordance with state, county, and Archdiocesan guidelines, Serra will host on-campus Padre for a Day visits.* We will also hold several one hour virtual visits for those who do not wish to or cannot come on campus.

  • Check-in begins at 7:45 a.m.; event ends approximately 12:30 p.m.
  • Our PFD format has changed; host requests are no longer an option.
  • One parent must attend the parent welcome session from
    8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m on the day of your son's visit.
  • At check-in on the day of the visit, ALL visitors - parent(s) and student(s) - must provide either proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test result administered no more than 72 hours prior. Without this proof, registrants will not be able to enter campus and will have to reschedule. All visitors are required to wear face masks while on campus.
*Subject to changes in state, county, or Archdiocesan COVID policy. 


Padre Previews

Our Padre Previews offer a unique opportunity to experience the excitement of the Serra community.

We invite you to attend one of our Padre Previews to meet Serra students, parents and teachers who will speak to the rigor of our academic program, our extensive extracurricular programs and  Serra brotherhood.

Padre Previews show you why Serra is the right choice for your son during the transformative years of high school when character is shaped and foundational values are determined. These are exciting events for parents and middle school boys considering a Padre future! 

Tuesday, 9/21 - San Mateo - 5 p.m. - 7 P.M.
Saturday, 10/2 - Belmont - 4 p.m. - 6 P.M.
Saturday, 10/9 - Menlo Park - 3:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.
Tuesday, 10/12 - San Mateo - 5 P.M. - 7 P.M.
wednesday, 10/13 - san bruno - 5 p.m. 7 p.m.
Sunday, 10/17 - San Mateo -  2 P.M. - 4 P.M.
Tuesday, 10/19 - San Carlos - 5 P.M. - 7 P.M.



Sunday, November 7

1 PM - 4 PM*

In order to keep you and the community healthy and safe, we are currently considering limiting who can attend this on campus event. Please check back regularly for updates.

All attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test administered within 72 hours of the event for entrance. Masks will be required for all.

This event is designed to introduce you to our entire community. Tour the campus. Engage with faculty while they introduce you to our rigorous academic program designed to engage and support your son.  Join our campus ministry department as they explore the different opportunities to explore faith while learning the value of giving back to his community. Meet with club moderators and coaches during our exhibit hall to explore the extracurricular opportunities your son can take advantage of while at Serra.  

Advanced registration is required for the Open House and will open soon. 

*Subject to changes in state, county, or Archdiocesan COVID policy.

Walk Around Wednesday

Walk Around Wednesday is a parent-only program held Wednesdays in our Admissions Center, September through December. President Barry Thornton and Admissions Director Julie Behn will open the meeting with an overview that covers a number of topics of interest to prospective parents; they will also entertain questions from our guests. We also include one or two Serra Parent Ambassadors who will share their unique perspective on the Serra community and their sons’ experiences. The morning will end with a short tour of the school.


Padre Admissions Chats

Join Serra's Director of Admissions, Julie Behn, in an open discussion about what to expect when applying to Serra.

In these intimate gatherings, you will have the opportunity to learn about the application and admissions process, discover what qualities Serra looks for in a student when determining acceptance, and get answers to specific questions that you may have.

Want to Learn more about Serra?

Check out our Wednesday Webinar vids...

All of your questions about Serra can be answered in our Wednesday Webinar series for parents. Each of our moderated webinars lasts 30 minutes and includes one or two guest speakers appropriately equipped to speak directly to the topic for the evening.

View previously aired Wednesday Webinars here.

The Serra Shadow Program does a very good job of conveying the Padre lifestyle. I was included in conversation, engaged in classes and was treated like a true Padre brother.

Now, as a shadow host, I have an opportunity to show off the school that I will forever be a part of while encouraging new students to join us. 

Connor Strain '23