Excellence in Catholic Education
Garces Memorial High School is Bakersfield, California's premier High School. Garces Memorial is an academically challenging, college preparatory, co-educational Catholic high school, founded in 1947 by the Christian Brothers and Dominican Sisters of St. Thomas Aquinas. Today it is operated by the Diocese of Fresno and staffed by a lay faculty and administration who are inspired by their Catholic faith to minister to the needs of the student body.
Garces students develop an intellectual like, a talent for critical thinking and passion for learning that sustains them through college and well beyond. All students receive individual college counseling. Garces Memorial’s curriculum, values and culture shape young people who are exceptionally well-prepared for the next phase in their educations.
We offer the following programs for your preparation:
College Preparatory Program – Our college preparatory program is based upon the University of California and California State University academic requirements.
Advanced Placement and Honors Program – Garces has a comprehensive selection of course offerings which include honors and AP options.
California Scholastic Federation – This program exceeds the recommended course work of our College Preparatory Program. It requires a minimum number for core courses. Students must meet state mandated requirements to participate. Applications are available on the Garces campus.
Garces Memorial High School offers a total enrollment of just under 500 students allowing us to keep our student to teacher ratio low. We are located on a 40 acre campus with impressive facilities including:
- Library and Media Center
- Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer, Digital Photography labs
- Gymnasium (volleyball and basketball)
- Aquatic Center
- Weight Room
- Baseball, softball, and soccer fields
- Football field (with stadium seating and track)
- Tennis Courts
- Wrestling Room
- Music Building
- Dance Studio
2020-2021 School Year Tuition and Fees
Annual Tuition: $16,500.00 (non-refundable) paid in full by June 1, 2020. (Or upon acceptance to Garces)
Registration Fee: $425.00 (non-refundable) paid before I-20 is issued.
Registration Fee – This fee covers the setting up of computer records, implementing programs, administering and scoring standardized tests, and processing applications. In addition, this fee includes costs for grade reports, student ID cards, admission to specified school events, and graduation fees. Also included in this fee is the annual yearbook and student activities card. This fee is payable each year at the time of application and is non-refundable.
International Fee: $2,000 (non-refundable) paid in full.
Annual Retreat Fee: All students must pay an annual retreat fee. This fee is $150.00 for the 2020-2021 academic year and is non-refundable.
Technology Fee: All students must pay an annual technology fee of $250. Required- First Year iPad purchase $550.00.
Additional approximate fees/costs:
PE clothes/uniforms: $50
Athletic fees: $200 for football, $125 per sport for all other sports/maximum charge of 2 sports per student
Spirit Packs/athletic practice uniforms: $150 - $200 per sport
Board of Directors’ Policy Regarding Tuition and Fees
- Tuition and fees are to be paid in full before the start of the academic year. Late or delinquent payment of tuition can result in fines or dismissal from school.
- REFUNDS – All tuition and fees are non-refundable.
- A written statement from the parent or legal guardian is required to withdraw a student from school.
Frequently Asked Questions
Applying to Garces Memorial High School
Step #1: Submit an application.
Step #2: Complete application packet and submit to Ms. Kim Harper
- An official copy of student’s grades/transcripts from the past two years of academics, including English translation and school seal.
- A scanned copy of the student’s passport (and visa or green card, if applicable).
- Documentation of iTEP Slate or TOEFL exam.
- A scan of a recent photo of the applicant.
- A scan of an official copy of bank statement with sufficient funds for tuition and fees
- A scan of international immunization record in English.
Step #3: Once we receive the application and all documents, schedule a Skype video interview for the student. Video interviews can last up to 30 minutes.
Step #4: Following the interview, a decision will be made regarding admission to Garces Memorial High School. The decision is made based on the student application, Skype interview, available of host families and the fit of the student. The accepted decision will be emailed to the student.
Step 5#: If the student is accepted they will receive an International Student Agreement. The accepted student has two weeks to return the agreement to Garces. Once the agreement along with the registration fee is turned in Garces will request an i-20.