JSerra is an independent Roman Catholic high school that encourages students to pursue personal and professional excellence in life. Guided by the teachings of the Catholic Church, we work in partnership with committed parents and inspirational teachers to form the faith, intellect, and character of our young men and women within a Christ-centered, sacrament-based learning environment.
Manifest their love for God and others through a life of prayer and service.
Engage in their faith as a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Respect the sanctity of life in all stages.
Honor the dignity of others as sons and daughters of God the Father.
Practice humility in light of the glory of God.
Seek wisdom by pursuing the true, the good, and the beautiful.
Employ analytical and abstract thinking to formulate arguments and solve problems.
Develop the art of well-reasoned and persuasive communication.
Embody a strong work ethic and habits of professionalism.
Demonstrate magnanimity to shape a more dignified culture.
- "independent Roman Catholic school”
- "pursue personal and professional excellence in life"
- "guided by the teachings of the Catholic Church"
- "partnership with committed parents"
- "inspirational teachers"
- "faith, intellect, and character"
- "young men and women"
- "Christ-centered, sacrament-based learning environment"
We maintain high standards of excellence for our students in all facets of school life. Through challenging coursework that fosters a keen work ethic and teachers who model professional dedication and personal regard for those around them, we strive to create an environment that encourages students to become the best persons God calls them to be.
We are deeply committed to promoting the teachings of Christ as affirmed by the apostolic tradition and divine inspiration of the Catholic Church. We also hold in deep regard other faith traditions and, as such, invite all members of our school community to participate with us in the search for truth and meaning in this world and in the next.
During the teenage years, it is of paramount importance that parents and the school collaborate closely so our students are provided cohesive, unified direction by the most important adults in their lives. We firmly believe parents are the primary educators. As such, they should be active in the educational process through participation in parenting seminars, teacher conferences, lecture series, open forums with administrators, social gatherings, and Board of Directors or strategic committee positions. Indeed, the school-parent partnership is the most critical one in preparing our students for responsible adulthood.
All faculty and staff, both within the classroom and beyond, fulfill a teaching role as they strive to affirm the dignity of our young men and women and model for them in all circumstances the person of Jesus Christ. Our goal is for everyone at JSerra to engage our students by captivating their hearts and minds with the beauty of the Gospel in order to inspire them to become virtuous, faith-filled adults.
We believe forming our students in these essential areas results in a truly integrated and dynamic Catholic education. By "faith" we imply not only a belief in the existence of God, but also a desire to know Him, love Him, and serve Him by knowing, loving, and serving others. At JSerra, "intellect" refers not only to academic knowledge, but also to wisdom. We help our students grow in the practical application of their reason based on a mature understanding of themselves and their responsibility to society. We also aim to develop each student’s "character." By this we mean the cultivation of human values and the moral discernment necessary for ultimate happiness, both of which are rooted in the cardinal virtues of fortitude, prudence, temperance, and justice.
Rather than use the term "children," we consciously refer to our students as young men and women as this better reflects our vision of them as "adults-in-the-making." This demonstration of respect for our students is an important aspect of our effort to form them to be responsible Christian citizens.
Our mission statement ends with this phrase to leave no doubt as to the source and essence of our school — Jesus Christ. We believe our weekly celebration of an all-school Mass and opportunities for regular confession and adoration afford our entire school community untold graces. Precisely because of our catholic (i.e. universal) nature, we welcome students and families of all religious backgrounds who seek to deepen their faith.
We believe all human life is of inestimable value and sacred in all stages, from conception to natural death. We are commanded by God to protect and defend human life regardless of its condition — pre-born babies, persons with physical or intellectual disabilities, the elderly, the sick, the suffering, and the dying. (Ps. 139 13-16, 1 Cor. 6:19, CCC 2258-2279)
We believe God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary sexes together reflect the mystery of God. Rejection of one's biological sex is a rejection of natural law, biological anatomy, and God's plan for the human person made in His image. (Gen. 1:26-27, Matt. 19:4-6, CCC 2333-2334)
We believe the term "marriage" means the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive, and permanent union. We also believe God intends sexual intimacy to occur only in marriage as a means of expressing the love and fidelity of husband and wife and participating in God's gift of procreation. Living life according to God's plan for marriage leads us closer to His love, while misusing our sexuality through unchastity (e.g. pornography, fornication, homosexual behavior, cohabitation, etc.) hurts us and leads us away from God. (Gen. 2:18-25, Eph. 5:31-33, CCC 2337-2365)