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.REQUEST A TRANSFER: Please see our Transfer Request Process page for more information about how to request a transfer to one of our Magnet programs.
CHOICES IN SAN MATEO-FOSTER CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
District-wide magnet schools/programs fill by transfer requests only; there are no assigned attendance boundaries for these programs.
Neighborhood elementary schools with a magnet theme have assigned attendance boundaries.
DISTRICT-WIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MAGNET PROGRAMS
DISTRICT-WIDE TK-8 MAGNET PROGRAMS
*6th grade opening for the 2021-2022 school year. Planned expansion to 8th grade for 2023-2024.
DISTRICT-WIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL MAGNET PROGRAMS
- Abbott Middle School - Spanish-English Immersion - a continuation of the Fiesta Gardens Spanish-English Immersion K-5 program
- Bayside Academy (6-8) - Mandarin Immersion Program - a continuation of the College Park Mandarin Immersion K-5 program
NEIGHBORHOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MAGNET PROGRAMS
- Bayside Academy - STEAM (K-5)
- George Hall - Project-Based Learning Program
- LEAD - Literacy, Enrichment, Academics & Digital Arts
- San Mateo Park - Math & Science
SMFCSD HAS expanded our District Montessori Program
District Montessori Program
The public school Montessori program in the San Mateo-Foster City School District has been in existence for over 40 years. It 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 Montessori program at two school campuses – North Shoreview Montessori (K-8) and Parkside Montessori (TK-5 * expansion to 6th grade for 2021-2022). Parents/guardians will be able to select specific Montessori school sites as choice 1 and/or choice 2 on the transfer request form. Site priority is only applied to requests for those who will have concurrently enrolled siblings, or attend the District Montessori preschool program on site, or are children of District employees.