• Our Vision

    The San Mateo-Foster City School District educates and inspires students to live, lead and learn with integrity and joy.

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  • Measure X Information

    Thank you for supporting Measure X!

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  • FAQs - School Choice

    The SMFCSD offers a combination of assigned schools and magnet schools. 

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Superintendent's Welcome - August 2016

Dear SMFCSD Families, 

Dr. Joan Rosas Photo The excitement of a new year is here and we are enjoying the positive energy!

Please join me in thanking our Facilities and Maintenance and Operations crew for the work that was done this summer in preparing our schools for opening day.  You will notice that some of our schools have a new paint job, some have new roofs, some landscaping was done and lots of cleaning was completed at all of our sites.  We also truly appreciate the dedication of the Technology Department in preparing staff laptops and TK-2 grade tablets for the start of school. 
We wish to extend a warm welcome to many new staff members coming into our District.  This summer we invited just about 16 new classified staff, 90 new certificated staff and the following school principals to our district team: 

  • Joe Hadley – Principal of Abbott Middle School (from STEM)
  • John Cosmos – Principal of STEM (from BIES)
  • Gregg Elliott – Principal of Brewer Island Elementary School
  • Steven Chuang – Principal of College Park Elementary School
  • Patrick Hurley – Principal of Foster City Elementary School
  • Lori Fukumoto – Principal of Laurel Elementary School (from Bowditch and Borel)
  • Melinda Fore – Principal of the Parkside Montessori Program
  • TBH – Park Elementary School - We are in the process of seeking applications for this position.

We are also pleased to welcome Dwane Camp as our new Director of Technology.  Dwane worked most recently in South San Francisco where he was the Director of Technology and managed many of the same network upgrades that we are looking to accomplish over the year ahead in our District.
This year we will be laser focused on improving the academic achievement of all students in the San Mateo – Foster City School District.  How will we accomplish this goal?  The steps are laid out in our LCAP but it is worth revisiting key areas as we open the year.  We are excited about providing wellness support to all of our students through additional counseling positions and programming.  We are looking forward to developing a high quality, consistent, responsive math program and the opportunity to adopt new materials for language arts.  We are particularly keen on addressing the needs of our English Learners especially long term English Learners.  We have designated a district level position for this distinct purpose and we will work together to ensure that our English Learners have the support that they need to succeed.  All of our teaching can be supported by our new technology and we look forward to the roll out of our technology refresh project so that devices can be used more frequently in our programs.
I invite you to keep up with the latest San Mateo – Foster City news throughout the year by utilizing the following mediums:

  • District Website – www.smfcsd.net
  • SMFCSD E-newsletter – Sign up to receive district updates at www.smfcsd.net or at the bottom of this newsletter
  • Community Reports – Mailed home to all residents in San Mateo and Foster City and available on our website
  • Phone App –Look for San Mateo-Foster City SD app & download to your iPhone or Android device
  • Facebook – Like us @SanMateoFosterCitySD
  • Twitter – Follow us @SMFCSD
  • School Newsletters/Email Blasts

We look forward to seeing you on opening day, August 17, 2016!
Dr. Joan Rosas

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Q:  How do I pre-register my children for school?

A: Please visit the Registration page for information about pre-registration.

Q: What school is closest to me?

A: Use the SchoolFinder to find out. You can also look at the district map.

Q: What are SMFCSD's Magnet Schools/Programs?

A: Yes. View the list of Magnet Schools.

Q: How old must a child be to enter Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?

A: To be eligible for Kindergarten, the student’s 5th birthday must be on or before September 1.  To be eligible for TK, the student’s 5th birthday must fall on or between September 2 – December 2.  Attend a SMFCSD Kindergarten Information Meeting in November/January to find out more about what to expect - Kindergarten & TK Information Meetings.

Welcome Back!

Superintedent Rosas welcomes families and staff back-to-school for the 2016-2017 school year.  The excitement of a new year is here and we are e...

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Poplar Avenue Construction Notice

Attention Parents, Students and Staff of SMFCSD Major City of San Mateo Street Construction Coming August 2016 Near College Park Elementary, North...

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Income Eligibilty Guidelines for Free and Reduced-Priced Meals Announced

The San Mateo-Foster City School District announces income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced-price meals for children served under the N...

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San Mateo-Foster City School District is hiring. View openings:

Substitute Teaching Positions

Do you have a Bachelor’s degree and teaching, coaching or other experiences working with students? Consider becoming a substitute teacher for our District. View details

August 2016 District Newsletter - Superintendent's Welcome

The SMFCSD Newsletter is a publication of the San Mateo-Foster City School District covering events and sharing important information about the school district and its students.  Sign up now to receive our next newsletter SMFCSD Newsletter sign-up. To see archieved editions in English and Spanish, visit our Newsletter page.  

Read our August 2016 Superintendent's Welcome Letter.  Highlights inlcude:

  • Superintendent's welcome message
  • New Administration to SMFCSD
  • 2016-2017 District Calendar 


Spring 2016 Report to the Community

Read the latest edition of our SMFCSD Report to the Community.  Read our Spring 2016 Report to the Community.  Highlights include: 
• Measure X Update
• Honoring Retiring Principals
• J. Russell Kent Exemplary Award Winning Schools
• Introduction of New Chief Business Official
• Community Support for Students and Schools
• Health and Safety - Components for Students Success


San Mateo Foster City School District

Our Mission

Our Mission

Our students are prepared to positively impact a dynamic and diverse world as they...

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San Mateo Foster City School District

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

The San Mateo-Foster City School District Strategic Plan addresses three key areas: Academic Achievement, Twenty-First Century Learning, and Citizenship & Character Education.

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San Mateo Foster City School District

20 Great Schools

20 Great Schools

The San Mateo-Foster City School District's 20 schools successfully educate approximately 12,000 students in preschool through eighth grades.

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San Mateo Foster City School District

Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

The LCAP provides important new ways for parents to engage in decision making. Plans describe the school district’s overall vision for students, annual goals and specific actions the district will take to achieve the vision and goals.  View the 2015-2018 Plan.

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