Junipero Serra High School, All Boys Private Catholic School
Junipero Serra High School, All Boys Private Catholic School

San Mateo has a diverse range of educational options for children and adults.

San Mateo residents in public school are in the San Mateo Foster City School District often shortened to SMFCSD. There are three public high schools: San Mateo, Hillsdale, and Aragon. San Mateo has several charter schools and alternative schools that focus on individual attention to students’ needs.

There are several christian schools in San Mateo the largest is the Junipero Serra High School catholic boys school with over 800 students. Mercy is the catholic all girls school and it is located in Burlingame. Fusion Academy San Mateo and Halstrom Academy serve kids who aren’t flourishing in conventional schools with customised teaching for each child.


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San Mateo is home to several colleges

CSM_Entrance by CSMwebmaster
CSM_Entrance by CSMwebmaster

San Mateo County Community College (CSM) has been serving the community since 1922 and now has three campuses. College of San Mateo opened at its current location, a 153-acre site with a panoramic view of the Bay, in 1963 and serves approximately 10,000 day and evening students.

The College’s buildings are grouped around the main pedestrian mall. A second mall, running east and west, connects the Fine Arts Center with the Library. In addition to three main lecture halls, the College has a three-building science center with a Planetarium that seats about 100 and an observatory, an engineering building, and a complex which houses electronics and aeronautics. There is also a center for dental assisting, cosmetology and nursing.

The CSM hosts a Farmers Market on Saturday mornings and a free annual jazz festival. The College Heights Stadium at San Mateo College provides the Bulldogs a football stadium, track, field throwing area, softball plaza and baseball field with modern synthetic turf, scoreboards and improved accessibility. The school also has a 50 meter Olympic Pool with adjacent 15 yard Wellness Pool.

Samuel Merritt University’s San Francisco Peninsula Campus (Learning Center) in San Mateo offers an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Draper University a few blocks from Central Park offers an entrepreneurship program. The school offers a Startup bootcamp and crash course in business and entrepreneurship where every student creates a company, with mentoring and coaching from experts, and has the opportunity to pitch for funding from Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists.

Just south of San Mateo is Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) a Catholic, not-for-profit, with about 1,700 students. Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU is the third oldest college in California and the first authorized to grant the baccalaureate degree to women. It currently offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and teacher credential programs at its historic campus in Belmont.


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