Wednesday Webinars 2020-21 School Year

We welcome parents and prospective students to attend one or all of our Wednesday Webinars. Each week, we will feature one of the many aspects that makes Serra so special. With its rigorous college-preparatory academics, faith and service activities, extensive counseling services, visual and performing arts, athletics and more than 40 on-campus clubs, Serra offers innumerable opportunities for its students.
How do you know that Serra is right for your son? Listen weekly to find out! 

Previously Aired Webinars

Hybrid/Distance Learning at Serra
Speakers: Rita Lee and Tara Mann

Originally aired: November 18, 2020 at 7 p.m.

The Serra models for distance and hybrid learning models were designed to offer flexibility, consistency, and effectiveness. They demonstrate Serra's thoughtfulness with implementation as well as its ability to adapt as needed. On this webinar, we will walk you through our learning models and the innovative technology we have acquired to support them. We will introduce you to one of the many teachers who have taken this opportunity not only to adjust pedagogy but to find creative, new tools and strategies to teach and engage students.

Comprehensive College Counseling
Speaker: Charlie McGrath, Chris Quiery '01 and Jane Zoucha

Originally aired: December 2, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Serra's college counseling program begins freshman year ensuring a smooth transition to high school. Over the course of four years, counselors help students select courses, identify extracurriculars and pursue service and leadership opportunities. A comprehensive plan for junior and senior years to complete college applications rounds out the experience. Join Principal Charlie McGrath and two of our counselors, Jane Zoucha and Chris Quiery to talk about Serra's approach to counseling for all high school years.

Why has Serra been a good fit for our family?
Speakers: Jason Coloma, Patty Macy, Ed & Julie Gory, Gio Rivas
Date/Time: December 9, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Originally aired: December 9, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Serra parents will share their experiences . . . what were they expecting, what surprised them, what do they value most ? How have they watched their sons grow and mature?


Developing Critical Thinkers
Speakers: Chris Buckels '01 and Miguel Martinez

Originally aired: October 28, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally, understanding the logical connection between ideas. At Serra, critical thinking is about being an active learner rather than a passive recipient of information. In this webinar, we will talk about the core outcomes Serra students achieve through the development of critical thinking in all of their classes.

Finding My Passion at Serra
Speakers: Student Panel

Originally aired: November 4, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Serra students will share their experiences at Serra and the classes, teachers, coaches and friends that inspired them to find their potential.

The Affordability of a Serra Education
Speakers: Jason Connell and Artie Rios

Originally aired: November 11, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Catholic college preparatory education is a significant investment that can transform lives and yield positive, lifelong results. Serra is committed to working with families to uncover programs and opportunities that can help them manage the cost of tuition. Join Artie Rios and Jason Connell from Serra's business office to talk about how families from a variety of financial backgrounds make Serra affordable.


Honors and AP Opportunities at Serra
Speakers: Nico Button '21, Chase Mock and Keith Strange

Originally aired: October 7, 2020 at 7 p.m.

This webinar will showcase the breadth of Serra’s honors and advanced placement classes and it will illustrate the different paths students might take at Serra. While some freshmen arrive ready to take a full load of honors classes, others ease into an advanced curriculum. Serra offers opportunities for each student to challenge and test himself with courses that are appropriate for his level. Our goal is for every student to reach his full potential.

Enrichment Opportunities Outside the Classroom
Speakers: Billy Byrnes, Marybeth Ortiz and Tamara Stephens

Originally aired: October 14, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Serra promotes a balance of intellectual curiosity, engagement, leadership, and service both inside and outside the classroom. From clubs to performing arts to student government to campus ministry, Serra offers a wide range of extracurriculars to explore passions, hone leadership skills and develop moral character.

Padres Athletics
Speakers: Justin Ferdinand, Mike Klobuchar '90, Jim Marheineke and Patrick Walsh

Originally aired: October 21, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Serra's storied athletics program offers more than competitive sports teams and raucous fans.  Serra coaches are committed to teaching discipline, teamwork, perseverance, and resilience--qualities that are valuable on the field as well as in the classroom. Athletic Director Justin Ferdinand and a few of Serra's celebrated coaches will share their goals and their experiences with Padres Athletics.


The Value of a Serra Education
Speaker: Barry Thornton

Originally aired: September 16, 2020 at 7 p.m.

What makes Serra High School an exceptional educational experience?

President Barry Thornton, Ed.D. will talk about Serra's commitments to academic excellence and to teaching boys to become responsible young men, honorable leaders and engaged, active citizens.

Academic Rigor in a Pandemic World
Speakers: Charlie McGrath and Joel Ferrando '90

Originally aired: September 23, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Despite the uncertainty of COVID-19, Serra has an unwavering commitment to academic excellence. How have Serra teachers adapted to create an engaging, dynamic, rigorous curriculum? Principal Charlie McGrath and Assistant Admissions Director Joel Ferrando will lead a discussion that showcases some of the creative new tools and methods teachers are using to inspire students.

Serra's Academic Resource Center
Speakers: Andre Monney '03, Gayle Rosenberg and Cheryl Rowe

Originally aired: September 30, 2020 at 7 p.m.

The Academic Resource Center offers support and guidance for students with diagnosed learning differences to become successful in a college prep environment. Director Gayle Rosenberg and her dedicated staff work with students and their teachers to provide a supportive learning environment that best supports each learner. Whether your son is taking honors, AP, or college prep courses, he will feel supported and gain the critical self-advocating tools he needs to succeed.