Who We Are . . .
Serra is an exceptional Catholic college preparatory high school for boys.
In the classroom, on the athletic field, within our clubs and organizations, on the stage or in the community, we teach boys to become responsible, resilient young men and honorable leaders—as we prepare our Padres to successfully navigate the complex world that they will inherit.
Serra is a dynamic community where boys thrive.
Our rich and rigorous academic curriculum, wide range of engaging extracurricular activities, and environment of compassion and mutual respect are all hallmarks of Serra. Classmates become brothers, students find a community where they are known and belong, and teachers become role models in an environment that nurtures and challenges students to grow. Our Padres join an inclusive peer group that lasts a lifetime.
In partnership with parents and guided by our Catholic faith, Serra provides a transformational high school experience that offers boys a vision of faith, hope, love, mercy and justice. Our legacy spans nearly 80 years of excellence in Catholic education and includes more than 13,000 alumni.
Located in San Mateo, in the heart of the Peninsula between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, we welcome students of all faiths and backgrounds to bring their gifts and talents to our campus and enrich the diversity of our school community.
Serra is a supportive community of inclusion and belonging.
Serra’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging is rooted in our Catholic mission and embodied in the culture of our school. To know Serra is to understand that we are not just a group of individuals working together, but a community that is defined by—and strives to live by— the faith values that form who we are.
We continue to see the young men at Serra seek to embrace the ideals of what it means to be a Padre—a man of respect, integrity, inclusion and compassion. It is inspiring to experience a culture that encourages our students to aim high and to see the upper division students lead by example—teaching the freshmen what it is to be a Padre."
- President Barry Thornton, Ed.D.
Academic excellence is our focus, and spiritual formation is at the heart of all that we do.
Advantages of an all-boys school
- Relationship building is core to our purpose because boys are relational learners.
- Serra teachers focus on specific learning styles of boys.
- Serra is a safe place for boys to take risks and make mistakes without judgment or external distractions.
- At Serra, it’s the boys who step up to take the lead.
- Our curriculum, activities and programs can be designed to target the perspective of our all-boys audience.
- A vibrant and formalized Tri-School program with sister schools Mercy Burlingame and Notre Dame Belmont offers numerous co-ed connections.
Serra's specialized programs focus on character development that supports a healthy lifestyle for young men. The supportive, all-boys environment enables our Padres to learn holistically and grow in faith, which empowers them to discover their place in the world."
- Principal Charlie McGrath, M.Ed.