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Welcome to the San Mateo-Foster City School District

Welcome to the San Mateo-Foster City School District.  Our schools successfully educate approximately 12,000 students in preschool through eighth grades in 20 outstanding public schools located in San Mateo and Foster City.  Students are educated to high, challenging academic standards and are prepared to be socially responsible, contributing members of our community as they:

  • Develop life and career skills through academic excellence and personal wellness
  • Become critical thinkers while taking responsible risks in their learning
  • Acquire and exchange knowledge through collaboration and effective communication
  • Utilize creativity and technology to maximize their potential
  • Demonstrate socially responsible citizenship

We educate, inspire, and empower every student in every school every day to live, lead, and learn with integrity and joy.

We provide rigorous, high quality and equitable education while partnering with our families and community to support all students to achieve their full academic, social and emotional potential.


The San Mateo-Foster City School District does not allow discrimination, intimidation, harassment (including sexual harassment) or bullying based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, nationality/national origin, immigration status, ethnic group identification/ethnicity, age, religion, marital status/ pregnancy/ parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, medical information or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. 

For questions or complaints, please contact:

SMFCSD Equity Officer

Dr. Sarah Drinkwater
Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
1170 Chess Drive
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 312-7341

SMFCSD Title IX Compliance Officer

Lori Fukumoto
Prevention Services Coordinator
1170 Chess Drive
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 312-7399


Ensuring all students are prepared for success in college and career after high school is the foundation of the Common Core State Standards. Academic standards, as those outlined in the Common Core, provide clear and concise learning outcomes for all students at high standards. Having consistency across grade levels, schools, districts and states promoting equity by ensuring all students, no matter where they live, are well prepared with the skills and knowledge necessary to collaborate and compete with their peers in the United States and abroad.

California’s adoption of the CCSS on August 2, 2010, demonstrates its commitment to providing a world-class education to all of its students. In the San Mateo-Foster City School District, our Kindergarten through 8th grade students and teachers use California adopted Common Core State Standards to define student learning goals in English Language Arts & Literacy and mathematics.

For more information about the development of the Common Core State Standards, please visit

View the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy.

View the California Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.


On September 4, 2013, the State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for California for Kindergarten through Grade Twelve. The NGSS are rich in content,  practice and arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all student an internationally benchmarked science education.

San Mateo-Foster City is currently developing a plan to roll out the NGSS for implementation in the 2016-17 school year.

Facility Upgrades

Thanks to the passage of Measure X in 2015, the SMFCSD is in the process of completing new facilities projects at Abbott, Bayside and Borel Middle Schools, and is in the planning phase for the new elementary school in Foster City will open in fall of 2020  Reaching this point has come after months of school and community input about location and design and careful work by the architects and engineers charged with designing the new facilities. Please go to our Measure X page for the most current information.

San Mateo-Foster City School District’s teachers, staff, principals, and administrators genuinely care about the success of every child.  We welcome you to our District.

Joan Rosas, Ed.D.