About Our School
Mateo Adult School serves over 10,000 students annually. We are a service of the San Mateo Union High School District to the communities
of San Bruno, Millbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough, San Mateo, and Foster City.
We are committed to fulfilling the mandate of Adult Education in California by
directing resources to serving those traditionally underserved; especially those
disadvantaged economically or academically.
"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.
San Mateo Adult School provides opportunities for all
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
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.
Priority Enrollment: Adults have priority enrollment privilege in all classes
offered by the San Mateo Adult School. Enrollment in some classes (eg. adults
disabilities) may be restricted. Current high school students may attend only if
enrollment is voluntary and occurs in conjunction with parent and high school
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
No Refunds: Refunds are ONLY given if a class is
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.
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
for Non-Attendance: Students will be dropped if they do not attend the first
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
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.
Policy Towards Children: Children and infants are not allowed in our Adult
Education classes, however, babysitting is available at some elementary school
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.
Smoking: By state law smoking is not permitted by anyone anywhere on any of
the campuses of the San Mateo Union High School District.