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 biliterate? Explore our Mandarin and Spanish Immersion programs at College Park and Fiesta Gardens.
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
How can my child attend a district magnet program?
Students new to the District must first complete the new student registration process with the school assigned to the address of residence, then request a transfer.
Currently enrolled (grades TK-7) students may request a transfer.