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Salesian Education

Our Vision Statement

To be a leading college preparatory Catholic school in the San Francisco Bay Area by providing a safe, welcoming and nurturing environment for a diverse student body in the Salesian tradition.

Our Mission Statement

Salesian College Preparatory is a Catholic school that educates young men and women to develop into good citizens for the betterment of society and the glory of God. Salesian combines the elements of church, school, playground and home in a supportive and caring environment, in accordance with St. John Bosco’s educational philosophy of reason, religion and loving kindness.



  • Educate students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds
  • Encourage students to develop their unique gifts and abilities
  • Value the innate talents and dignity of all students
  • Develop self-worth within each individual and respect for one another in a Christian community of faith, love and fellowship
  • Collaborate with all members of the Salesian family – students, parents, administrators, teachers, staff, alumni and benefactors
  • Celebrate the school’s rich diversity of talent, race, ethnicity, religion and socio-economic backgrounds

History of Salesian

In 1927, the Salesian Society purchased the Emeric estate in Richmond, Calif. The Emeric mansion became the living quarters and offices for the Salesian House of Studies, a high school seminary for future Salesians.
The present gymnasium was constructed in 1940 and the three-story classroom building in 1950. The student center building, which currently houses the cafeteria, Student Leadership and Ministry (S.L.A.M.) Center, and the library, was erected in 1960. That year, Salesian High School was opened to educate young men of West Contra Costa County. In 1989, Salesian High School opened its doors to young women and became one of the few co-educational Catholic, college preparatory high schools in the East Bay. In 2014, on the 50th anniversary of the first graduating class, the school formally changed its name to Salesian College Preparatory.
Since its inception, Salesian students have gone on to attend many prestigious eminent colleges and , universities, and military academies across the nation and throughout the world, joining an global alumni association of over 7,000 strong.graduates numbering many thousands from other Salesian schools in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Australia.

Student testimonial - Sophia

Without Salesian, I wouldn’t be where I am now in terms of faith, performance, and leadership. I was able to build up my capabilities on the things that I am most passionate about.

Sophia '20, University of California San Diego

Student testimonial - Brett

“What I love about Salesian is that we all come from different backgrounds, but learning with a diverse group of people beside me, I can push myself to be my best self.”

Brett '22

Student testimonial - Ji'ell

Salesian's 1:1 college counselor program encouraged me to enroll in AP (Advanced Placement) and Honors courses when possible. This ideology that Salesian instilled in me, pushed me to work harder and aim higher. Without Salesian continuously challenging me to be greater, I would not be attending the #1 HBCU, Howard University.

Ji'ell '21, Howard University

Private high school students sit on admissions wall in Richmond, CA