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Core Beliefs

Mission

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.

Vision of a Graduate

We strive to provide a culture of integral formation for our students to produce virtuous men and women of...

FAITH who:

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.

INTELLECT Who:

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.

CHARACTER Who:

Exhibit fortitude and leadership in the face of adversity.

Model a spirit of joy and gratitude in response to God’s gifts.

Discover greatness through the fruits of collaboration.

Emanate charity, humor, and grace in daily interactions.

Demonstrate integrity through unity of word and deed.


Philosophy

The definition of key terms in our mission statement helps to further clarify the founding principles and core beliefs of our school.

"independent Roman Catholic school”

JSerra is governed by a self-appointing Board of Directors. While we are not a diocesan school, the sacraments and religious education available at JSerra are offered with the complete knowledge and approval of the Bishop of the Diocese of Orange.

"pursue personal and professional excellence in life"

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.

"guided by the teachings of the Catholic Church"

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.

"partnership with committed parents"

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.

"inspirational teachers"

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.

"faith, intellect, and character"

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.

"young men and women"

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.

"Christ-centered, sacrament-based learning environment"

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.

Statement of Catholic Morality

JSerra Catholic High School was founded to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ rooted in the tradition of the Catholic Church and Sacred Scripture. For this reason, we are committed to presenting Catholic moral teaching with fidelity, and we firmly adhere to our mission in all school endeavors.

 

All JSerra students and staff are required to take part in certain Catholic traditions and attend various Catholic events, including the weekly all-school Mass. Catholics and non-Catholics alike are expected to show respect for the Church's traditions and refrain from displays of lifestyles or behaviors that conflict with Catholic moral teaching. Fundamental principles of morality can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church ("CCC"). Examples include:


The Sanctity of Human Life

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)

The Gift of Sexuality

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)

The Dignity of Marriage

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)

 

These examples are not intended to be an exhaustive list; rather, they are given as particularly relevant illustrations of our beliefs. Under the guidance of the bishop of Orange, JSerra's president and administration are responsible for faithfully safeguarding and transmitting the truth, goodness, and beauty of the Catholic faith.



Faith, intellect, and character truly are the foundation of this school — and the teachers and administrators walk the talk. Messages are thoughtful and show genuine concern for the development of our children.
Nina V., Parent


Five Pillars of Excellence

The formation of young men and women is the lifeblood of our work at JSerra. In order to fully realize our mission, we strive to hire individuals who embody a core set of attributes, which we define as our Five Pillars of Excellence.

 

Committed to Christ

  • Makes Gospel virtues a top priority
  • Exemplifies Christian love by unmistakable concern for others
  • Attends weekly Church services
  • Continually develops a vibrant prayer life
  • Is fully aligned with JSerra mission in heart, word, and deed

Magnanimous

  • Strives for personal excellence in every area of life
  • Inspires others
  • Accepts new challenges with gratitude and generosity
  • Creatively seeks undertakings outside of job description
  • Works with purpose and is "all-in"

Positive and Joyful

  • Exudes a contagious enthusiasm for life and work
  • Is cheerful and displays good humor, even in conflict
  • Offers solutions in place of complaints
  • Bounces back from setbacks with confidence
  • Speaks well of and assumes the best in colleagues

Team-Oriented

  • Generously goes out of the way to edify and assist colleagues
  • Solicits others' ideas and shares accountability for failures
  • Prioritizes team objectives
  • Places school mission and the common good ahead of personal ambitions
  • Is as good a follower as a leader

Professionally Adept

  • Exhibits remarkable competence in area of professional expertise
  • Possesses an enviable work ethic
  • Bolsters colleagues' production by ability to get things done
  • Proactively solves problems and seeks out new responsibilities
  • Sets self-motivated goals, produces results, and welcomes feedback