K-5 Elementary MAGNET SCHOOLS
K-8 Magnet SCHOOLS
TK-5 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS with SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS
- LEAD - Literacy, Enrichment, Academics & Digital Arts
- Sunnybrae - Authorized International Baccalaureate IB World School
6-8 Middle SCHOOLS WITH SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS
- Abbott Middle School - Spanish-English Immersion & Global Studies Program - a continuation of the Fiesta Gardens Spanish Immersion K-5 program
- Bayside Academy - STEAM (K-5) | STEM (6-8) - Science, Technology, Engineering (Arts) & Mathematics and Mandarin Immersion Program
- Mandarin is a continuation of the College Park Mandarin Immersion K-5 program
- Borel Middle School - Authorized International Baccalaureate World School
What if your child attended a school that focused on his/her unique talents and interests? Where learning was exciting and where your child could work with classmates and teachers who shared his/her same interests? With San Mateo-Foster City Magnet schools, you can. Our schools are part of a nationally recognized and award-winning program designed to help students advance academically while they develop their unique talents and interests.
Magnet schools meet the same challenging standards as all other schools in our district and in the state of California-with one big difference. Each school emphasizes a particular theme, giving its students more opportunities to acquire skills that will help prepare them for success in the future. Love to paint, act, create music or dance? LEAD - A Magnet School of Literacy, Enrichment, Academics & Digital Arts may be the one for you. Excited about Science and Technology? The Bayside STEAM | STEM ACADEMY prepares students for a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Want to be bilingual and bi-literate? Explore our Mandarin and Spanish Immersion programs at College Park and Fiesta Gardens.
NEW EXPANDED DISTRICT MONTESSORI PROGRAM AND BAYSIDE ACADEMY STEAM/STEM
DISTRICT MONTESSORI PROGRAM
The public school Montessori program in the San Mateo-Foster City School District is in its 40th year, and is recognized for the development of each child’s intellectual, social, and creative abilities, using hands-on, multi-sensory materials within a carefully prepared environment. The environment allows for self-correction opportunities, which lead to the joy of inner motivation. Montessori elementary studies are based on a cultural curriculum which integrates history, geography, mathematics, science, biology, language, literature, art, and music. We are proud to continue to offer and expand this excellent program.
The SMFCSD is now offering a K-8 Montessori program at two school campuses – North Shoreview and Parkside. Parents apply online for an intradistrict transfer in February of the preceding year. Students will be randomly assigned to either the North Shoreview or Parkside campus in the transfer lottery. Site priority will only be given to applicants who have concurrently enrolled siblings or are children of District employees.
If applying to the District Montessori Program for grades 1-8, students will need to be assessed by a teacher and the Principal to ensure that they will be able to make a successful transition into the program. Montessori middle school applicants must have already attended a Montessori elementary school. Please contact these schools directly if you have additional questions.
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS & MATHEMATICS (STEAM) PROGRAM AT BAYSIDE STEM ACADEMY
With the opening of the District Montessori Program at two campuses – North Shoreview & Parkside - the Parkside STEAM program will be moving to the Bayside STEM Academy campus, combining both programs into one STEAM / STEM school. The STEAM program will continue to be located on the Parkside campus with the plan to move to the Bayside STEM Academy campus to start the 2017-2018 school year. The staff has begun their design process to develop the STEAM / STEM project and we are excited for the consolidation and collaboration between these two programs to begin.