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San Mateo-Foster City School District

  • 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 Letter - January 2017

Superintendent Joan RosasDear San Mateo-Foster City Community,
Happy New Year!  We are excited to have welcomed back over 12,500 students last week.

Measure X Facilities Projects
As you know, our district is very large and we are continually striving to not only meet the educational needs of our students but also the facility needs of the district.  To that end, we are continuing our planning for the new middle school gyms in San Mateo at Abbott, Borel and Bayside STEM Academy.  Community Meetings will be held to share information about potential designs and to gather community input.  Watch for upcoming dates on our website.  We are also continuing our planning for the new elementary school in Foster City.  As a reminder, while the first round of Community Meetings is now over, there is still an opportunity to provide any additional input and/or questions by emailing them to
Parcel Tax Renewal - Measure Y
In November, the School Board of Trustees unanimously voted to place the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District Quality Education Renewal Measure on the March 28, 2017 ballot.  Local funding approved by voters in 2010 is scheduled to expire in June 2017.  If enacted, Measure Y renews previous voter-approved funding with no change in the current tax rate ($209.92 with CPI adjustments), for an additional nine years.  Measure Y would renew funds to:

  • Maintain programs/instruction in reading, writing, math, science, technology, and engineering
  • Attract and retain quality teachers and educational staff
  • Keep school libraries open and accessible to students
  • Support art, drama, music and other specialized programs

More information on Measure Y is available at

2017-2018 and 2018-2019 School Calendars
I am pleased to report that school calendars for both 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 have been finalized!  See more information in the article below.

I look forward to seeing you at one of my Coffee Chats coming up this month and next, see dates and locations here.

Joan Rosas, Ed.D.


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

A: Please visit the How to Register page for information about school 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 - Enrollment & Student Registration.

Summer Theatre/Drama & Instrumental Music Enrichment Registration Opens April 28

The San Mateo-Foster City School District is pleased to offer Theatre/Drama and Music Summer Enrichment programs for students June 20 - July 14, 2...

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Five Part Student Health Education Series

The San Mateo-Foster City School District is offering five informational sessions that provide parents/guardians with the skills to address sensit...

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Superintendent Coffee Chats - March & April 2017

You are invited to share coffee and conversation with San Mateo-Foster City School District Superintendent Joan Rosas.

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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

April 2017 - District Newsletter

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 archived editions in English and Spanish, visit our Newsletter page.  

Read our SMFCSD April 2017 Newsletter.  Highlights include:

  • CAASPP Testing
  • LCAP Engagement
  • Measure Y Parcel Tax
  • San Mateo Park Elementary Breakfast Champions
  • Laurel Elementary Literacy Week
  • Upcoming Superintendent Coffee Chats
  • Bowditch WordMasters
  • Student Health Education Series for Parents
  • Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day - May 10th
  • Help Wanted - SMFCSD IS HIRING!!
  • Teach San Mateo County Recruitment Fair
  • San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation Update
  • School Board Meeting Summaries & Upcoming Agendas



Read the latest edition - Winter 2017 - SMFCSD Community Report.  Highlights include: 
•  Message From the Superintendent 
•  Superintendent Coffee Chat Dates - March/April
•  San Mateo Rotary dictionary donations
•  Bayside Academy Update
•  Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
•  Information on Measure Y
•  Update on Measure X Facilities Projects
•  SMFCSD is Hiring!

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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