San Mateo Foster City School District manages 20 public schools with a population of nearly 12,000 students, from preschool through eighth grades. The school district offers Transitional Kindergarten TK classes located in the following elementary school campuses – Audubon, Baywood, Brewer Island, Foster City, George Hall, Highlands, Laurel, LEAD, Meadow Heights, San Mateo Park, and Sunnybrae.
Middle schools operated by SMFCSD include: Abbott Middle School, Bayside S.T.E.M. Academy, Borel Middle School, and Bowditch Middle School.
SMFCSD also manages the North Shoreview Montessori School (K-8), located at 1301 Cypress Avenue.
The San Mateo-Foster City School District offers twelve Magnet school programs available to everyone: eight elementary (K-5) and four middle school (6-8) programs. Each school emphasizes a particular theme (Science and Technology, bilingual and bi-literate; Literacy, Enrichment, Academics & Digital Arts), giving its students the opportunity of focusing in his/her unique talents and interests, and acquire skills that will help prepare them for success.
San Mateo Union High School District operates three high schools in the city: San Mateo, Aragon and Hillsdale; one Middle College, located at College of San Mateo (one of the three colleges in the San Mateo County Community College District); and it also manages an adult school (San Mateo Adult School) behind the campus of San Mateo High School.
The College of San Mateo, a community college, offers numerous programs including traditional, semester-length and short courses in addition to distance education; as well as a comprehensive selection of academic support services.
Students from San Mateo attend the following private high schools: Junípero Serra (one all-male Catholic high school), Notre Dame High School (one all-female Catholic high school located in Belmont), and the Nueva Upper School (an internationally recognized independent school with nearly 50-year of service, focusing exclusively on gifted and talented education and innovation).
The City of San Mateo operates three libraries in the city; all three are part of the Peninsula Library System: the Main Library, the Hillsdale Library, and the Marina Library.
Some of the great programs offered by these branches include: Homework Help in subjects like Biography, Health, History, Literature and Science; Learn a new language (over 70 languages to choose from using interactive online drills and audio lessons); a citizenship prep course containing 100 instructional videos with interactive exercises to study for the Naturalization Test, and the Storytime program for infants.
The Discover & Go program supplies San Mateo Public Library card holders with free passes to local museums and a wide variety of other cultural institutions. Users can make reservations online by date or by venue and they can print passes at home or at the library.
Other amenities and services in the Main Library are:
Plasma Screen TV,
Books, graphic novels, magazines, and audiobooks,
6 computer stations.
Group study rooms and the outdoor patio nearby.