General Information About Our School
San Mateo Adult School Mission Statement
“The search for knowledge, understanding and growth is continuous. The San Mateo Adult School is the catalyst for student intellectual growth, creativity, and sustained health. We develop skilled workers, strong families, and successful communities by offering opportunities to learn at every stage of adult life.
Schoolwide Student Learning Outcomes
San Mateo Adult School provides opportunities for all students to:
1. Set and meet goals
2. Apply acquired skills
3. Learn independently and collaboratively
4. Communicate effectively
5. Demonstrate respect for others
6. Participate within and contribute to the community
Registration and Attendance: Pre-registration by mail or in person at the Adult School office is required for most courses. Many class sections fill quickly. Register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. In-class registration is accepted only for regular ESL and some Parent Education and 50+ classes.
Class Size: The Adult School requires a minimum number of students for a class to be offered. A class with low pre-registration may be cancelled prior to the first meeting. Adult School classes are supported by state apportionment or directly from student fees. State apportionment classes with low attendance may be cancelled. Fee-based classes with less than minimum enrollment by a specified date will be cancelled.
Eligibility/ Priority Enrollment: Adults have priority enrollment privilege in all classes offered by the San Mateo Adult School. Enrollment in some classes (eg. adults with substantially disabilities) may be restricted. Current high school students may attend only if enrollment is voluntary and occurs in conjunction with parent and high school counselor approval.
Payment : Cash ($20. bills or smaller), money orders and personal checks are accepted. Credit card payment must include signature and expiration date. Visa and MasterCard only. No debit cards.
No Refunds: Refunds are ONLY given if a class is cancelled. If a check is returned to us due to insufficient funds, a $10. fee will be assessed. Continuing in the program is contingent upon receiving full and valid payment.
Enrollment Confirmations: No confirmation of enrollment will be sent. We will return your check if the class you select has already been filled or cancelled. If we are unable to enroll you in the classes you have selected, you will be notified by phone or mail.
You may contact the Adult School office to request that you be added to a Call Back List. Only students who have been enrolled in a section will be admitted to the first class meeting. If a listed pre-registration date for a class has passed, call the Adult School office at 558-2100 to check for space availability.
Drops for Non-Attendance: Students will be dropped if they do not attend the first class meeting.
Call Back Lists: Registrants in excess of the class maximum will be notified by mail or phone and their checks returned. Their names may be added to a Call Back List, if they desire. Only previously enrolled students will be admitted on the first meeting. Office staff will contact students from the Call Back List in the order they are listed if space becomes available, or if there is sufficient interest to offer another class. Call Back Lists are discarded at the end of each registration period.
Textbooks and Materials: Some classes require the purchase of books, or other materials while others include the book in the published fee. Online classes do not require textbooks. All materials are available online. However, some software courses do require you to have the proper software. See your class requirements at www.smace.org. ESL classes do not require the purchase of books: many students however, prefer to own the books they use in class to they may also use them at home. Books may be purchased at the Adult School office at 789 E. Poplar Ave., San Mateo.
Attendance Policy Towards Children: Children and infants are not allowed in our Adult Education classes, however, babysitting is available at some elementary school locations.
Parking: Use of the parking facilities is at user’s risk. The San Mateo Union High School District accepts no liability for vandalism, theft or accident.
No Smoking: By state law smoking is not permitted by anyone anywhere on any of the campuses of the San Mateo Union High School District.