Prospective Students and Families
Welcome to San Mateo! Thank you for your interest in San Mateo High School.
2017 Shadowing dates:
Friday, October 6
Friday, October 13
Wednesday, October 18
Friday, October 20
Friday, October 27
The shadowing application window is now closed.
Families will be notified by Friday, September 22nd if they have been assigned a shadowing date.
If you have not been chosen for a shadowing date, please be sure to attend one or all of the following events to learn more about San Mateo High School:
  • Wednesday, November 1-8th Grade Family Information Night-6:30pm- Performing Arts Center
  • Wednesday, November 8-Foster City Meet & Greet-6:30pm-Foster City Community Center, Wind Room
  • Meet and Greet in Hillsborough has been changed to Monday, November 13th-6:30 pm-45 Stonepine Rd


  • Guest pass is now available. Please print and return to Student Services Office with a copy of guest ID card by Monday, October 30th.
  • The College Application Road Map workshop is on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 7pm-9pm at the Performing Arts Center, 600 N. Delaware San Mateo. Download the flyer: English / Spanish / Chinese
  • Congratulations to our 2018 National Merit Program Students
    Commended students:
    Andy Chen
    Matthew Eng
    Nika Eskandari
    Priyanka Goswami
    Priyanka Kannabran
    Abhaya Krishnan-Jha
    Annabel Li
    Jaclyn Liu
    Preston Lo
    Christine Lu
    Carter McMahon
    Benjamin Pang
    Theo Philliber
    Mia Sukumaran
    Grant Wendt
    Lauren Young
    Vidhaat Dunna
    Shannon Lu
    Lily Sai
    Emily Sun
    Charles Xiao
  • Helpful Information for Helping Teens Cope with National Tragedies
    The recent act of violence in Las Vegas -- the largest mass shooting in US history -- can be unnerving for students, creating feelings of confusion, sadness and anxiety. As news reports of this frightening event unfold in the media, it is important that we all -- families, teachers and staff -- talk with students about their feelings and thoughts around this national tragedy and the many others in recent news. Below are links to tips from the National Education Association as originally offered by the National Association of School Psychologists and from the Orange County Department of Education. Both offer helpful information and guidance for families. If you have any concerns about your student, please contact your school's health and wellness coordinators.
  • Attention San Mateo Students and Families,
    Lifetouch has provided the following link which can be used prior and after picture day. Ordering prior to picture day eliminates the mailing cost and provides the quickest turnaround time. It also allows you to retake the picture if it is not to your liking.
    When prompted, enter this Picture Day ID: BY017101Q0
    If you didn't receive a notice for Senior Portraits and/or need to schedule an appointment, please call this number: Lifetouch, 1(877)825-7922 prompt is #1
  • Help raise money for SMHS by registering your Safeway Club Card, Macy's, Visa & Mastercard through eScrip! It only takes a minute but the benefits are great! Simply visit www.escrip.com and enter SMHS Bearcat PTO's eScrip account number #139430620
  • 5% of qualifying purchases at Office Depot go back to SMHS when you use SMHS's ID Number: 70014580. Tell the cashier to credit SMHS when you pay for your purchases.