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It felt good to get a head start on high school — not just with earning credits but also mentally preparing me for the next level.
Colin '20



Karen Testa
Summer School Registrar
949.493.9307 Ext. 1104

Summer School

JSerra Catholic High School offers Summer School classes over a six-week period for students entering grades 9-12 in the fall. For students who may have had a previous D or F grade, the summer curriculum is also designed to help them recover credits. JSerra’s summer curriculum also includes enrichment courses that help students prepare for the rigors of high school or simply allow them the opportunity to grow intellectually. If you are interested in a class not listed in our Summer School program, please see your College Counselor.


This six-week period is broken into two three-week sessions — with the first representing the first semester of the course, and the second session representing the second semester of the course.

All current students MUST see their College Counselor before registering to confirm their selection. Registration is non-refundable.

Session 1 June 17-July 3 $725 (late fee of $100 begins  June 4)
Session 2 July 8-25 $725 (late fee of $100 beginning June 25)
College Application Bootcamp June 10-14
July 29-August 2
Online Education June 17-July 25 $725 (late fee of $100 beginning June 4)
Independent Study   $1000
Sailing June 17-July 3 $1100

Students are permitted only ONE absence per session and TWO tardies per session. More than one absence or more than two tardies will make the student liable for dismissal, thereby forfeiting credit.


How do I register?


You must meet with your College Counselor prior to registering for a Remediation and/or Advancement course. Once you have met with your Counselor and obtained approval, you may register online. If you register incorrectly, your payment will not be refunded.


Incoming freshmen may register online for Freshman Communications, Health, and/or Sailing.


Rising seniors do not need to meet with a College Counselor in order to register. They may register online.

How much does Summer School cost?

$725 per session per semester for a credit class. $725 per session per semester for an online class. $1000 per session per semester for independent study. $1100 for Sailing with the Dana Point Yacht Club.

The deadlines to register are:

  • Session 1: June 4
  • Session 2: June 25
  • Online Education: June 4

A late fee of $100 will be incurred for each course after these dates. No refunds, no exceptions.

What can I expect from a JSCHS Summer School class?

Because each semester is just three weeks long, summer classes are fast-paced. In addition to the four hours of instruction received each day, it will be important for each student to allocate additional time after school to work on homework. For online classes, an even greater time commitment is necessary.

What are the hours of instruction?

Morning Session: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Afternoon Session: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sailing: 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Is there a Schedule of Classes available?

The Schedule of Classes is available here.


Where can I find detailed information about each course?

Please refer to the Course Catalog.


What courses should freshmen take?

We highly recommend that incoming freshman take advantage of the summer to take two courses designed to help them start their freshman year successfully:

  1. Freshman Communications. This introductory course that equips students with the requisite skills to be successful in high school. This course is broken into three components: introduction to JSerra, grammar and writing, and logic and critical thinking. Students receive five credits for this course.
  2. Health. A requirement for graduation, this course covers a vast array of health-related topics including personal health, family and social health, individual growth and development, etc. Students will gain knowledge in these areas through the use of a text, reading materials, lectures, research papers, and technology integrated instruction. Students receive five credits for this course.

Incoming freshmen may register online for Freshman Communications and/or Health. Incoming freshmen do not need to meet with their College Counselors before registering.


This year we are also offering Sailing, which is exclusively for freshman to take advantage of the Southern California summer.

Sailing is a learn-to-sail P.E. course that teaches the basics of sailing and satisfies one of the required 4 semesters of P.E. and prepare students, should they desire, for success on the Sailing Team in the fall.

What are the attendance requirements?

Due to the short nature of the Summer Session, students are strongly encouraged to attend all class meetings. Students attending for credit classes are permitted only one absence per session and only two tardies per session. More than one absence and more than two tardies will make the student liable for dismissal, thereby forfeiting credit. Students in enrichment courses are permitted two absences. If a student is dismissed from JSerra Summer School, tuition will not be refunded.

If a student is absent:
Student should report to Main Office on next day of class and request a readmit slip from receptionist.

If a student arrives late:
If less than 10 minutes late, student should report directly to class. The student will be marked tardy. If more than 10 minutes late, the student should report to Main Office to obtain a readmit slip. Students more than 10 minutes late need a signed note explaining the reason for being late.

If a student must leave early:
Parents/guardians are required to give the school a signed note indicating the reason for leaving early as well as the time the student should be released from class. This note should be given to the receptionist in the Main Office.

Does JSCHS have a uniform policy during the summer?

A JSerra uniform is not required, however, it is expected that every student will dress according to reasonable standards of decency, mindful of the academic nature of the environment. Personal appearance and attire are expected to be neat and clean at all times. Students should err on the side of modesty and good taste.

Male Students

  • Must be clean-shaven. No facial hair is allowed.
  • Jeans or JSerra shorts/pants are required.
  • JSerra t-shirt or polo is required.
  • No piercings are allowed.
  • Shoes must be secured at the toe and heel. Shoes must be worn at all times.

Female Students

  • Jeans or JSerra shorts/pants are required.
  • JSerra t-shirt or polo is required.
  • Body piercings are limited to the ear lobe. Earrings should not be excessively dangling.
  • Shoes must be secured at the toe and heel. Shoes must be worn at all times. Boots are not permitted.

In all matters of appearance, the Summer School Director reserves the final judgment with regard to compliance to our policies.

What are the student conduct expectations during summer school?

The Serra behavior code is intended to provide good order indispensable for the serious pursuit of academic excellence and for the high moral tone expected at JSerra. Behavior that is dangerous or keeps students from learning or prevents the teacher from teaching is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Observance of this behavior code will put demands on the students’ self-control and growth toward maturity. The school reserves the right to review unsatisfactory conduct. The school is entitled to discipline the student with detention, suspension, probation, and/or dismissal should any of these be deemed justified by the school. The knowledge and compliance of the behavior code is expected of every student enrolled at JSerra.

JSerra’s Administration reserves the right to review the conduct and actions of JSerra students regardless of when or where such actions take place if they are of a nature to bring discredit to the school or if they conflict with the Christian values for which JSerra stands.

For more information regarding the expectations of student conduct, please refer to the Parent Student Handbook.

Where do students report the first day of summer school?

Students should come to the JSerra Front Office for classroom assignments.

Does JSerra offer summer school for middle school students?

JSerra is proud to offer its brand new summer program for middle school students — Lion Engage. It is for students entering grades 6-8, and provides a fun, hands-on learning experience.

Will McMackin Bistro be open during the summer?

McMackin Bistro is open during the summer. Students may also bring their lunch and snacks during the summer. During the school day, students may not leave campus at any time to purchase food. Students are not allowed to eat in their classrooms.