San Mateo-Foster City School District

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San Mateo-Foster City School District
San Mateo-Foster City School District Logo.png
Address
1170 Chess Dr
Foster City, California

Foster City, California, San Mateo County, 94404
Coordinates 37°33′N 122°18.5′W / 37.550°N 122.3083°W / 37.550; -122.3083 (District office)Coordinates: 37°33′N 122°18.5′W / 37.550°N 122.3083°W / 37.550; -122.3083 (District office)
District information
Type Public
Motto Live, Lead, Learn
Grades K (TK) – 8
President Audrey Ng
Vice-president Ed Coady
Superintendent Dr. Joan Rosas
Schools 20
District ID 0634920[1]
Students and staff
Students 12,000
Teachers 1,172
Staff 413
Other information
Website smfcsd.net

San Mateo-Foster City School District is a school district in San Mateo and Foster City, California. It consists of twenty schools: three middle schools (Grades 6–8), fourteen elementary schools (TK/K–5), and three schools with all grades (K–8). With a total enrollment of approximately 12,500 students (in 2015–16),[2] it is the largest school district in San Mateo County. Students in the San Mateo-Foster City School District continue on to the San Mateo Union High School District.

History[edit]

Measure L[edit]

Measure L was passed in February 2008, and provided funds to modernize and repair schools in the district.[3]

Measure P[edit]

Measure P was placed on the November 2013 ballot, but failed to pass.[4] Measure P would have funded capital programs to add a fifth grade to Bowditch Middle School and reopen Knolls Elementary, but debates on Measure P exposed a rift between Foster City and San Mateo residents who felt that Measure P provided disproportionate benefits to the smaller Foster City.[5] Final voting showed support for Measure P in Foster City was outweighed by opposition in San Mateo.[6]

Measure X[edit]

Measure X was passed in November 2015, and committed to:[7]

Phase I
  • Building a new elementary school in Foster City (Charter Square site)
  • Building new classrooms and gyms at Abbott and Borel Middle Schools
  • Building a new gym at Bayside Academy
Phase II (planning to start in 2019)
  • Building new classrooms and replacing administration building at Bowditch Middle School
  • Building new classrooms and new multipurpose rooms to George Hall and Sunnybrae
  • Building a new neighborhood elementary school at College Park

The school at Charter Square is anticipated to be completed in early 2019 at an estimated (in 2016) cost of US$61,000,000 (equivalent to $62,200,000 in 2017).[8] After Measure P failed to pass, Measure X was written with input from an eight-member committee which held nearly 100 public meetings from 2014 to 2015 to come up with recommendations to increase district capacity while maintaining equal opportunities for all students. Rather than reopen Knolls Elementary, Measure X included the creation of a new elementary school at College Park, drawing students from the surrounding North Central neighborhood. The current elementary school at College Park, which had served neighborhood children prior to its conversion to a Mandarin-language immersion school, had a history of poor academic performance.[9]

Measure Y[edit]

Measure Y, proposing an extension of an existing parcel tax which generated $7 million annually, failed to reach the two-thirds supermajority required to pass in an all-mail ballot held in March 2017.[10]

Schools[edit]

List of San Mateo-Foster City School District Schools[11][12][13][14]
Name Type Grades Address City Telephone[a] Special Curriculum Image
Abbott[b] Middle 6–8 600 W. 36th Avenue San Mateo 7600, 7601
7605 (fax)
Spanish-English Immersion & Global Studies Program[c]
Audubon Elementary TK–5 841 Gull Avenue Foster City 7500, 7501
7506 (fax)
Bayside Academy Elementary/Middle K–5, 6–8 2025 Kehoe Avenue San Mateo 7660 STEAM (K–5)
STEM (6–8)[d]
Mandarin Immersion[e]
Baywood[b] Elementary TK–5 600 Alameda de las Pulgas 7511, 7512
7508 (fax)
Beresford K–5 300 W. 28th Avenue 7551, 7546
1970 (fax)
Borel[b] Middle 6–8 425 Barneson Avenue 7670, 7669
7644 (fax)
International Baccalaureate
Bowditch[b] 1450 Tarpon Street Foster City 7680, 7687
7639 (fax)
Brewer Island Elementary TK–5 1151 Polynesia Drive Foster City 7532, 7648
7729 (fax)
College Park[b] K–5 715A Indian Avenue San Mateo 7691, 7693
7729 (fax)
Mandarin Immersion
Fiesta Gardens[b] 1001 Bermuda Drive 7737, 7738
7697 (fax)
Spanish-English Immersion
Foster City[b] TK–5 461 Beach Park Boulevard Foster City 7522, 7520
7640 (fax)
George Hall 130 San Miguel Way San Mateo 7533, 7776
7637 (fax)
Highlands 2320 Newport Street 7544, 7534
7635 (fax)
Laurel 316 W. 36th Avenue 7555, 7556
7636 (fax)
LEAD[f] 949 Ocean View Avenue 7550, 7549
7641 (fax)
Meadow Heights[b] 2619 Dolores Street 7566, 7568
7560 (fax)
North Shoreview[b] Elementary/Middle K–8 1301 Cypress Street 7588, 7587 Montessori
Parkside[b] 1685 Eisenhower Street 7575, 7570
San Mateo Park Elementary TK–5 161 Clark Drive 7577, 7558
7643 (fax)
Sunnybrae 1031 S. Delaware Street 7599, 7547
7596 (fax)
International Baccalaureate
Notes
  1. ^ Telephone and fax numbers use the area code and prefix (650)312-7xxx
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j California Distinguished School
  3. ^ Continuation from Fiesta Gardens
  4. ^ Science, Technology, Engineering (Arts) & Mathematics
  5. ^ At the middle school level, as a continuation from College Park
  6. ^ Formerly known as Horrall. LEAD stands for Literacy, Enrichment, Academics & Digital Arts

Bowditch Middle[edit]

One of the schools is Bowditch Middle School. It has 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Bowditch was named after Nathaniel Bowditch and consists of more than 1,000 students. There is a principal, and two assistant principals. Bowditch is a big school, with more than 40 classrooms. They are more commonly known as the Buccaneers, and have an orchestra, band, soccer, flag football, track and more.

Knolls Elementary[edit]

Knolls Elementary, at 525 42nd Avenue in San Mateo, is on the southern edge of the district. It was closed in 1989, but reopened temporarily in 2011 after refurbishment and modernization using Measure L funds to temporarily house Fiesta Gardens students while that site was undergoing renovations, which were completed in 2013.[15][16]

Demographics[edit]

San Mateo-Foster City School District Enrollment[17]
Year Total African American American Indian or Alaska Native Asian Filipino Hispanic or Latino Pacific Islander White Two or More Races Not Reported Male Female
2016-17 11970 132 12 2951 447 4097 279 3091 913 48 6185 5785
2015-16 11977 148 13 2918 506 4094 287 3110 867 34 6119 5858
2014-15 11858 164 17 2754 519 4093 307 3159 825 20 6061 5797

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for San Mateo-Foster City". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "Fact Sheet" (PDF). San Mateo-Foster City School District. 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "Measure L Overview". San Mateo-Foster City School District. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  4. ^ Kinney, Aaron (5 November 2013). "Voters reject Measure P, San Mateo-Foster City schools bond measure". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  5. ^ Kinney, Aaron (18 October 2013). "$130 million bond measure stirs debate in San Mateo, Foster City". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  6. ^ Kinney, Aaron (6 November 2013). "San Mateo-Foster City district explores options after Measure P defeat". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  7. ^ "March 2017 - Measure X Bond Update". San Mateo-Foster City School District. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  8. ^ Noguchi, Sharon (19 November 2016). "School Scene: Foster City to get new elementary school". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  9. ^ Kinney, Aaron (4 August 2015). "San Mateo-Foster City School District to pursue $150 million bond measure". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  10. ^ Horgan, John (10 April 2017). "Horgan: A familiar public education scenario is playing out again". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "Elementary Schools". San Mateo-Foster City School District. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "Middle Schools". San Mateo-Foster City School District. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  13. ^ "K–8 Schools". San Mateo-Foster City School District. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  14. ^ "Magnet Schools". San Mateo-Foster City School District. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  15. ^ "Knolls School - DSA Upgrade". San Mateo-Foster City School District. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  16. ^ "Knolls School - Modernization & New Construction". San Mateo-Foster City School District. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  17. ^ "Enrollment Multi-Year Summary by Ethnicity, San Mateo-Foster City District Report (41-69039)". California Department of Education. 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 

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