“Always forward, never back”     ~ Junipero Serra

Carmel Mission’s Junipero Serra School cultivates academic excellence and positive character development in  a safe and nurturing environment where students, families, and staff are valued members of a united Catholic faith community.

JSS Mission Statement

Junipero Serra School is a Roman Catholic elementary school that supports and educates Catholic youth from the Monterey Peninsula community. Families of other faiths are welcome. JSS is affiliated with the Diocese of Monterey and the Department of Catholic Schools. The school is located in Carmel, CA on the grounds of the historic Carmel Mission Basilica. The school offers classes from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8.

Fully credentialed teachers staff the school. The average class size is under 25 students with one class per grade level. Extended Care is available before school and after school from12p.m. –6p.m. The school schedule is
8a.m. – 3p.m.Junipero Serra School is accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA). WCEA accredits Catholic elementary and secondary schools in nine western states (26 (arch) dioceses) and the US Territory of Guam. WCEA co-accredits and is in partnership with WASC, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

In keeping with those words of our Mission’s founder, Father Junipero Serra, Junipero Serra School lays the foundation for a life-long love of learning and of oneself, thereby instilling in our students the confidence to face challenges and succeed in an ever-changing world. 

Rooted in the teachings of the gospel, it is with respect, love and kindness that the teachers and staff of Junipero Serra School strive to discover, develop and celebrate the talents of each and every student.  Beginning in pre-Kindergarten and through eighth grade, Junipero Serra School inspires academic excellence and positive character development in a safe and nurturing environment where each student and family are valued members of our academic community of faith. 

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